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Bid to flush out toilet problems
North Western Gardens public toilets
These Llandudno toilets were praised for their cleanliness
A council is asking users of all its public toilets to let it know what they think of the facilities.

Conwy county council will then decide which of its 58 public conveniences will be kept and which will be refurbished.

The survey is online and at libraries and tourist information points.

The council has already closed 21 toilets in the last four years, with some rural communities claiming they are missing out.

"The aim is to provide a high quality service for all users including residents, tourists, children, the elderly and disabled," said council engineer Andrew Wilkinson.

"To do this we need the public's help to identify what services are needed and where."

'Bog island'

The survey includes eight questions ranging from whether the toilet used was clean, to whether people are willing to pay - and how much - for the service.

"I'd urge everyone to get involved because that's the only way we'll get a public convenience service that we can be proud of," Mr Wilkinson added.

Terry Dean, on a coach holiday in Conwy from Swindon in Wiltshire, said he was surprised at the high standard of the public toilet he used at North Western Gardens in Llandudno.

Pam Farrington
Pam Farrington said toilet standards varied across the county

The loos - known locally as bog island because they are on an island surrounded by roads - are looked after by an attendant.

"They were very clean but you had to pay 20p," said Mr Dean.

Pam Farrington from Llangwstenin near Llandudno was not impressed with the area's public toilets.

"The two in Llandudno where you pay 20p are ok, but elsewhere in the county they are either locked up or awful.

"As this is a tourist area you'd think they (the council) would provide them for free."

Smaller communities in the county have been fighting to keep their public conveniences open since 2003, with residents in villages like Betws yn Rhos disputing the council's claim that it is too expensive to keep all the toilets open.


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