FUNDING cuts to public toilets and services in Holsworthy could have a detrimental effect on tourism and the community, a councillor has claimed.
Holsworthy county councillor Barry Parsons believes potential cuts at Torridge District Council could put people off visiting the market town.
Torridge leader councillor Philip Collins says members face difficult decisions as the authority is forced to make savings of £1.6 million over the next three years.
Mr Collins said the council had already saved money by not replacing some staff who had left.
New contracts had also saved the council cash on grounds maintenance and leisure.
But he warned next year’s budget would be challenging, and the following year even more so. He said: “No one wants cuts but there are some difficult decisions members have to make.
“When you cannot afford something you have to re-budget. Our officers and members will be considering many possibilities of how further savings can be made.”
Devon county councillor for Holsworthy Rural, Mr Parsons said: “Teignbridge has been talking about closing public toilets.
“One of my concerns if we start doing that in this part of the world is that it would have an impact on the tourism trade.
“Holsworthy is quite isolated. Councils have to be mindful of pulling too many services.”
Mr Parsons also said he would not want to see the town’s council offices go as a result of any cuts.
But he said Torridge could look at some kind of mobile service to replace the council offices.
Mr Parsons said: “My fear is the right kind of services may not be available at times when people need them.”
Husband and wife Paddy and Joelle Hamill own La Dolce Vita sweet shop in the town.
They said any facilities which were shut down in Holsworthy could have a detrimental impact.
Joelle said: “Any facilities you start closing down means we have less to offer. Holsworthy needs as much as we can possibly offer.
“They should be encouraging some new things rather than losing some things.”
Mr Collins said: “Nothing has yet been decided. Any changes will be managed and as far as possible, we would gather views across the district.”
Decisions on the budget are expected to be made in February.