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MP in public lavatories cash call

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Closure of public toilets can be a major inconvenience

Many of Cumbria's public toilets will be forced to close unless local councils receive funding to help their upkeep, according to a local MP.

Tim Farron has tabled an Early Day Motion asking for government aid to maintain lavatories in public places.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale said closure would particularly hit the elderly and people with disabilities.

It would also have a detrimental effect on the way visitors view the region.

Cumbria has a higher than average number of public toilets, especially in areas where additional facilities have to be provided for tourists.

Mr Farron, said: "The decline in the number of public toilets in rural areas is the result of the government passing the buck.

"Groups such as the elderly, those with young children, and people with disabilities are particularly badly hit.

"The government needs to act to address this and should provide local authorities with the necessary resources to protect this vital service so that they can provide better public toilet facilities in South Lakeland."

An Early Day Motion is a term for a notice given by an MP for which no date has been fixed for debate.

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