NEW public toilets were opened in South Molton Pannier Market on Friday. Plans to replace the aging conveniences had been in the pipeline for several years but after North Devon Council and South Molton Town Council agreed to finance the £121,000 project, contractors took just one month to carry out the work. They were declared open by mayor Stephen White and district council chairman, Cllr Roy Lucas at a ceremony also attended by local councillors David Worden and Sue Sewell. Cllr David Worden said Fridays opening marked the end of a long battle to secure what the town desperately needed. The old toilets were an embarrassment as they were smelly and long overdue for replacement, he said. They certainly did not give visitors a favourable impression of the town. Sue and I are delighted that the work has finished in time for the winter wonderland celebrations during the first weekend in December. Cllr Sewell said the money for new toilets was originally earmarked around 10 years ago to enable all the major towns in North Devon to have decent charter mark toilets. South Molton had to wait until last for this to be completed, so the long and frustrating wait is finally over, she said.