More movement on Trengrouse toilets refurbishment

This is The West Country: More movement on Trengrouse toilets refurbishment More movement on Trengrouse toilets refurbishment

Helston councillors have heard some positive news about the future of the Trengrouse Way toilets.

Helston Town Council’s policy, finance and resources committee had previously agreed that the disabled toilet at the currently closed facilities should be refitted to become a unisex cubicle serving that end of the town.

Members agreed to pay for the maintenance of the toilet and the opening and shutting each night out of its “devolution of assets and services” budget, with Cornwall Council covering the refurbishment cost, after hearing that “caught short” shoppers were turning to a wall outside of the toilets to relieve themselves on.

A report from town clerk Chris Dawson at last week’s council meeting revealed that nearly everything that the town council had asked for would be done. He said that Cornwall Council would pay for the toilet refurbishment but not a bench and a roof over it.

The toilet block would have a unisex facility, with other space in the building used for a small storeroom.

Although the water and electricity supplies would be stopped to this part of the building, there was the possibility it could be used as a toilet again at some time in the future.

A wall could also be built to stop people “going around the gents’ side.” However, the conservation officer was blocking plans to remove a small wall, despite the mayor calling it the “most hideous building in Helston.”

Councillors discussed whether to dispute this decision but heard from the town clerk that this could delay any work even further.

No detail was given about when the work might be scheduled to begin, but it was unlikely anything would be done before Christmas.

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6:51am Sun 27 Oct 13

molesworth says...

This is a mighty big splash for a relatively small story but it just goes to show that if you push hard something often happens.
This is a mighty big splash for a relatively small story but it just goes to show that if you push hard something often happens. molesworth

7:31am Sun 27 Oct 13

telstar1962 says...

I'd rather spend a penny in Tesco.
I'd rather spend a penny in Tesco. telstar1962

7:42am Sun 27 Oct 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

The conservation officer is refusing to allow the extending wall to be removed, why does safety not take precedence over that decision. People could loiter behind it, as has already been the case next to the ladies toilet.
The conservation officer is refusing to allow the extending wall to be removed, why does safety not take precedence over that decision. People could loiter behind it, as has already been the case next to the ladies toilet. Gillian Zella Martin 09

7:51am Sun 27 Oct 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

If Cornwall Council's Conservation Officer is that bothered about what things such as toilets look like in a Conservation area, then why is he happy to have toilets boarded up and left to deteriorate in some conservation areas because Cornwall Council will no longer to pay to run them?
One could also question why 3 Penrose Road was left in a poor state of repair in a conservation area if looks are so important.
If Cornwall Council's Conservation Officer is that bothered about what things such as toilets look like in a Conservation area, then why is he happy to have toilets boarded up and left to deteriorate in some conservation areas because Cornwall Council will no longer to pay to run them? One could also question why 3 Penrose Road was left in a poor state of repair in a conservation area if looks are so important. Gillian Zella Martin 09

12:26pm Sun 27 Oct 13

telstar1962 says...

I've recently noticed grass growing out of the roof of the Guildhall.

Who do I contact ? lol. Is it Parks and Gardens Department, or an attention seeking Councillor ?

And since Gillian changes the subject to 3 Penrose Road, the sadness concerning that building was that it was let to fester,(in a conservation area or not) in the years when we were told that 'boom and bust' had been abolished.

So when money was in plentiful supply,and the economy was booming, still no-one could find some money to spend on important buildings.

Now we find that more funds are being spent on a toilet,than was spent in years on buildings of significant importance
I've recently noticed grass growing out of the roof of the Guildhall. Who do I contact ? lol. Is it Parks and Gardens Department, or an attention seeking Councillor ? And since Gillian changes the subject to 3 Penrose Road, the sadness concerning that building was that it was let to fester,(in a conservation area or not) in the years when we were told that 'boom and bust' had been abolished. So when money was in plentiful supply,and the economy was booming, still no-one could find some money to spend on important buildings. Now we find that more funds are being spent on a toilet,than was spent in years on buildings of significant importance telstar1962

1:49pm Sun 27 Oct 13

Ken Helston says...

Gillian didn't change the subject she included the subject about Penrose Road, so i'll jump on the bandwagon and ask who in hells name in the name of conservation allowed that monstrosity of an extension in the roof of the divided building on the corner of the road in Penrose Road, I was going to buy that property when it was on the market and my solicitor told me the extension had no planning permission. So where the hell was the conservation officer then? I very wisely bought a property in Helston North instead.
The Trengrouse way toilets are being paid for by CC that is the difference telstar, 3 Penrose Road should have been maintained by the TC but the TC about 20 years ago was rubbish. It got better when Cllr J R-G joined it but now its got rubbish again with Knight and Geer.
And there is grass growing out of the top of Mrs Geers shop so maybe she should attend to all things local instead of worrying about rats, they could be breading up there.
When the Trengrouse toilet is done maybe they could flush some of their other rubbish ideas away.
And get rid of some of the useless Helston C Cllrs.
Gillian didn't change the subject she included the subject about Penrose Road, so i'll jump on the bandwagon and ask who in hells name in the name of conservation allowed that monstrosity of an extension in the roof of the divided building on the corner of the road in Penrose Road, I was going to buy that property when it was on the market and my solicitor told me the extension had no planning permission. So where the hell was the conservation officer then? I very wisely bought a property in Helston North instead. The Trengrouse way toilets are being paid for by CC that is the difference telstar, 3 Penrose Road should have been maintained by the TC but the TC about 20 years ago was rubbish. It got better when Cllr J R-G joined it but now its got rubbish again with Knight and Geer. And there is grass growing out of the top of Mrs Geers shop so maybe she should attend to all things local instead of worrying about rats, they could be breading up there. When the Trengrouse toilet is done maybe they could flush some of their other rubbish ideas away. And get rid of some of the useless Helston C Cllrs. Ken Helston

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