Holding a Gun to the Head on Public Toilets
Right, just when I thought there was a ceasefire on hostilities to the proposed cuts in funding to 114 public toilets as blogged about HERE. It seems whilst everyone was waiting to see what happen; letters were being sent to town and parish council basically saying take them over or else. Don’t believe me, read for yourself the letter sent to Porthleven Town Council (the first part of the letter is the standard introductions).
“The outcome of this review is that Cornwall Council can offer a grant for the public conveniences that have been identified to be “Retained”. Unfortunately, those public conveniences that are not on the retained list will no longer be funded”
Hang on a minute, I thought no decision had been made, but this letter says they ‘will no longer be funded’.
“The grant will consist of 100% funding for the current fixed costs and a 50% grant for the current cleaning costs. From our discussions with a number of Town and Parish Councils it is believed that locally managed cleaning would be significantly less expensive than the current service provided”
Interestingly, there is no mention of how long this grant will last for apart from in a small spreadsheet which says 2011/12. Also, is it telling we must pay a lower wage to someone locally managed? Does this mean locally managed people work for less, or Cornwall Council pays too much?
Now, for the grant offered:
- 2010/11 costs £8342.13
- 2011/12 amended costs £8,342.13 (includes cleaning costs £2,886.67)
- Grant available £6,898.80
- 2010/11 costs £5,524.07
- 2011/12 No funding
- Grant available £0
The current funding of two toilets equates to £13,866.20, but Cornwall Council wants Porthleven to do this for £6,898.80. A drop of nearly £7k. This is just the running costs and does not take into account any maintenance or worse damage. It gets worse in the next part of the letter.