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Public Toilets

Please note that many public toilets across Cornwall are currently closed. Please abide by current social distancing guidelines if you are leaving your home.

Changes to Public Toilets

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A cut in funding by central Government has forced Cornwall Council to review the non statutory services it provides, such as public toilets. As a result, the public convenience budget was cut in April 2016.

Rather than close the majority of Cornwall’s facilities, Cornwall Council has been working with the Local Town and Parish Councils and other organisations to transfer responsibility for running the toilets to them. This has been very successful and has saved a great many public conveniences from closure.

As part of the transfer arrangements, the Council has to date invested around £4.2m in making improvements to facilities. This has brought about significant improvements including improved access for people with disabilities and energy and water saving measures which will help cut future running costs.

During the consultation process a number of members of the public said they would be prepared to pay to use public toilets to ensure that they remained open. As a result, trial charging has been introduced at Marazion, Boscastle and Padstow. The income from these toilets is being kept within the service to pay for running costs. This has now been rolled out to a number of other toilets which are now being operated by Town and Parish Councils.

Changing Places toilets contain a range of additional features and more space to meet the needs of people with disabilities.  Find out what these additional features are and where the changing places toilets are located in Cornwall on the Changing Places in Cornwall page.