The overwhelming majority of people want the public toilets in the centre of Thomastown reopened. Business people, local residents and those using bus services on Low Street are seeking the reversal of a decision by Kilkenny County council to close them which was taken some time ago.
And last week a delegation of townspeople made an impassioned plea to the councillors in the Thomastown area to explain why it was done and to reverse it.
Questions were also raised at the meeting about the decision to close the public toilets in Graignamanagh, another high profile tourist destination.
The deputation of Thomastown Community representatives want the loos at Low Street reopened now. The views of traders, the general public and bus users were highlighted.
A petition containing over 1,000 signatures was handed into the committee demanding the immediate reopening of this public facility.
The delegation was informed that a number of cost estimates had been prepared by the area engineer for the refit of the existing building and for the provision of a stand alone unit. The exact details were outlined to members at the meeting.
Following lengthy discussion it was agreed to bring this matter forward to the full Council so that funding for the reopening of the facilities be considered in the 2014 budget.
Cllr Michael O’Brien said it was imperative that the toilets be reopened quickly as a convenience to local people.
“Every town should have public toilets and if we don’t get these toilets reopened we are leaving down the people of Thomastown and those who use it for shopping and leisure activities,” he said.