A MAN who runs an amusement park in Towyn has raised concerns that the town’s only public toilets could be demolished and not replaced.

Luke Knightly, who runs Knightly’s Fun Park and is a councillor for Towyn and Kinmel Bay Town Council, fears that such a decision could be the detriment of his business.

The toilets, based on Sandbank Road along with Knightly’s Fun Park, have been closed for more than a year after Conwy County Borough Council (CCBC) found “structural concerns”.


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It is thought that they could cost up to £100,000 to repair, while demolition is believed to likely cost roughly £80,000.

Cllr Knightly said: “They (CCBC) say there’s subsidence in the toilets, and that they’re dangerous. I don’t know when demolition will happen; I just think it’s very poor.

“We’re inviting people to come to Towyn, but can’t even give them anywhere to pee. They’re the only public toilets in Towyn.

“It’s already affecting my business, because they’ve been closed for the last year.

“It’s a massive necessity. What’s happening instead is people are going round the back of the building and peeing everywhere, which stinks and which is a health hazard. They’ve been closed for over a year now.

“I want the council to reinstate them. We need something; you can’t just keep taking facilities away in Towyn.”

Cllr Knightly added that there are currently no public toilets available in Kinmel Bay, either, and urged the council to invest more in the area.

He added that Towyn offers tens of thousands of bed spaces for visitors during its eight-month summer season; more than that of Llandudno or Colwyn Bay.

CCBC has explored the option of replacement toilet pods, with the re-opening of the current toilets considered unlikely in any event.

A CCBC spokesperson said: “These facilities have been closed for some time due to structural concerns. 

“Until recently, the council provided temporary toilets. These were removed in March due to the ongoing costs, which included dealing with significant vandalism and abuse.

“A decision on the original building’s future has not yet been made. Every council service has to balance its budget, which includes cutting back on non-essential spend. 

“We have discussed various options with the town council, including promoting the Community Toilet scheme, which Knightly’s Fun Park are already signed up to.

“This means the public can use the toilet facilities without needing to make a purchase.”