A PROPOSAL from animal rights campaigners to help keep Tywyn’s public toilets open has been welcomed.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written to Gwynedd Council to offer its financial support to keep the under-threat public toilets open.
But its offer has one condition – a banner reading ‘Meat Stinks. Go Vegan’ would need to be hung on the outside of the building.
“While public toilets are often known for having quite a stench, it’s the meat industry that is most foul,” said PETA director Elisa Allen.
“This win-win solution would help keep the toilets open while providing residents with an important reminder that when it comes to animals, our health, and the environment, meat really does stink.”
The offer comes after a 1,000-strong petition, launched by South Meirionydd Older People’s Forum, was handed to Cllr Anne Lloyd Jones last month, calling on Gwynedd Council to keep both the town’s public toilets open.
Presently there are public conveniences by the park on the seafront, as well as by the Magic Lantern cinema in town.
Gwynedd Council said it “simply cannot afford” to keep all of the current toilets open.
George Buckley, a spokesperson for the Older People’s Forum, said that the group welcomed PETA’s proposal, at least in the short term.
“We have said we would support that. In the long term, most people I have spoken to are quite happy to pay.
“We could have turnstiles where people are asked to pay 20p to use the toilets – that would cover a great deal of the costs.
“We have already suggested that to Gwynedd Council. I have also written to the clerk of Tywyn Town Council, who said the PETA offer would not cover the entire cost.
“There would be an initial cost of installing the equipment to charge customers, but that would ensure the future of the toilets in the long term.”
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