More than 20 toilets in Gwynedd are still at risk of closure, including 17 in Dwyfor and Meirionnydd which could jeopardise the Blue Flag status of two towns.

In 2015, over 2,100 residents and organisations took part in a public consultation exercise on a range of possible service cuts that Gwynedd Council needed to consider to help bridge the huge funding shortfall facing the authority.

These included a proposal that was approved by a meeting of the full council that the authority stopped maintaining the majority of its public toilets from the spring on 2017 onwards in order to deliver £244,000 of cuts.

As part of this process Gwynedd Council contacted all town and community councils to discuss the possibility of establishing local partnerships where they would contribute towards the cost of maintaining facilities in their area.

In total 17 toilets could be facing the axe including Clynnog, five toilets in the Porthmadog area, Aberdaron, Trefor, Tudweiliog and Dolgellau.

Closing the toilets at Aberdaron and Morfa Bychan would mean the areas would lose their Blue Flag status.

However, at a Cabinet meeting this week members decided that the door still remains open to those community councils who have yet to decide whether they want to join a partnership with them to keep the toilets open.

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