Plaid Cymru want public toilets opened in Caerphilly’s parks as soon as possible – provided it is deemed safe to do so.
Councillor Colin Mann, who represents Llanbradach, believes loos at all of the county’s parks should be made available as soon as possible.
He said, “Unfortunately not all our parks actually have toilets but they should be open where they do exist.
To quote one example we have a situation in Ystrad Mynach Park where the refreshment kiosk is open but the toilets are locked.
“I’ve been to the park and talked to staff and they tell me that 20-30 people a day are asking about the toilets. I’m aware that some parents with young children have been forced to find somewhere else in the park where their children can go to the toilet. The ironic thing is that disabled people, who have radar keys, can access the disabled loos in Ystrad.
“I have requested that council officers review this situation and resolve the problem
“I’m also aware that in neighbouring Cardiff the vast majority of parks toilets opened up at the end of last month, including at Roath Park and Victoria Park. Toilets in Aberdare Park and Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd have also re-opened. Toilets are also open in other council areas.”
Councillor Martyn James, who presents Ystrad Mynach ward, said: “Ystrad park is always very popular and is used by people from a wide area. We’re in the middle of the school holidays and with good weather many parents will want to take their children to the park only to find the toilets shut.
“I've been made aware that council officers are looking at the solutions to open toilets in this park while ensuring safety but given this is the height of the holiday season action is needed very speedily.”
In Cardiff facilities were cleansed, tested and risk assessed and regular cleaning and social distancing measures were put in places, along with signs urging good hygiene.