Councillor defends Carlow's public toilet costs saying the facilities are 'state of the art'

Cllr Arthur McDonald made the comments to Carlow Live

Darren Hassett

Reporter:

Darren Hassett

Email:

news@carlowlive.ie

Carlow Carlow Carlow

Bagenalstown's public toilet cost €32,000 to run but it only made just over €225 in revenues

A Bagenalstown councillor has defended the cost of public toilets in the county saying the facilities are "state of the art and state of the art doesn't come cheap". 

Cllr Arthur McDonald's comments come after Carlow Live revealed that Carlow County Council spent almost €87,000 last year on its four public toilets but the facilities only generated a combined revenue of €1,351 from people "spending a penny". 

There are four public toilets operated by Carlow County Council - two in Carlow Town at the Hanover Bus Park and the Town Park, one in Bagenalstown and one in St Mullins.

Bagenalstown's public toilet cost €32,000 to run and the price included the "operating contract and electricity supply" but it only made just over €225 in revenues. 

Cllr McDonald said: "Issues would arise if there weren't toilets. The toilets are well-placed. They're not being used enough maybe but there's still proof that they're being used. 

"In Bagenalstown there are a few advocating that the toilet should be taken out but we fought so hard to get it. It was a hard fight. If we lose the service of the toilets we will see consequences. 

"I'm in favour of keeping the toilet in Bagenalstown."

When asked about the costs of running the toliets, he added: "They're state of the art and state of the art doesn't come cheap."

Meanwhile Carlow Town's public toilets cost €39,289 to run and these costs again included the "operating contract and electricity supply" and last year it made €1,126 in revenues.

The operating and maintenance expenditure for 2017 revealed that St Mullins cost €15,700 for a "caretaker, materials and electricity supply" while there were no revenues generated from the toilet as there is no charge to use the facility.