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The introduction of Car Park Toilet Charges

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The introduction of Car Park Toilet Charges

We absolutely love Porthcurno Cove, beach for coastal walking, sunbathing, swimming and the Minack Theatre etc. However, we we really disappointed following our visit there last week to discover the introduction of 20 pence toilet charges! This is on top of the very expensive car park fees. For a coastal walker, who visits at least annually, I think this is a step too far. The phrase 'cutting one's nose off to spite one's face' springs to mind Cornwall!

People like us love this place, bring you lots of business to not just this, but, the surrounding area, at least annually and this just feels very cheap indeed! Suggest you reconsider please.

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And how else do you think the maintenance of the toilets should be paid for? Should I pay for it on my council tax even though I never use car park toilets?

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Fully understand and appreciate! However, if you want people to visit and encourage tourists and attract our business, not sure this is the answer. Sorry! This is our view.

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Stay in London then, where public toilets are free....... Not!

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The background to this is that the council, faced with all sorts of difficult funding decisions, have removed funding from most toilets in Cornwall, and local parish councils, businesses and other groups have stepped in where they can. In most cases, it's charge or close - even quiet toilets cost a few thousand a year to run and clean, which is simply beyond the resources of most parish councils.

If you feel strongly, please write to Cornwall Council.

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Nice, mature and tourist- friendly response (not!). However, I accept your local view point.

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Thank you for your ( kinder) and informative response about the context; much more helpful and NB! my previous reply was in response to the 'stay in London' remark. Thank you.

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I have to agree with EssexWanderer.

The toilets are charged where you live - so you are not paying for them on your council tax.

Yet you expect them to be available free to you when on holiday - i.e. paid by local people in their council tax?

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However, we we really disappointed following our visit there last week to discover the introduction of 20 pence toilet charges!

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If this isn't a First World Problem, goodness knows what is.

IMO, its a good thing. deters vandals, pays for better upkeep, and its an absolutely TRIVIAL amount of money. And its all in the context, would you complain if the (I'm guessing) £5 car park fee was £5.20 but included "free" toilets? Maybe their alterantive was to raise the car park fee to accommodate the cost they have but they decided not to, as the toilets are used by non car park users so why shouldn't they pay also?

Finally, are you happy to leech off the locals, their rates are paying for you at present? Why should they ? Never mind the spurious "encouraging tourists" argument, there will be plenty of people who dont depend on the tourist economy and in any case, if 20p discourages someone to come down, I have a feeling they arent going to be big contributors to the tourist pound. Probably bring their own sandwiches they bought the ingredients for at an Asda in London.

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I live in Cornwall and my income is dependent on tourists, as are a lot of people's wages in this county. It's about time that Cornwall Council started to realise this, instead of ripping them off at every step of their stay. Toilets should be free, not only in Cornwall, but everywhere.

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