visitors to Aberdour are being warned not to be caught short next summer when the village’s three superloos are closed.
Fife Council has decided it can’t afford to continue to finance the toilets – two next to the new cafe at the Silver Sands and the other at the corner of the Shore Road children’s playpark, and they will be closed in 2012.
Each toilet is believed to cost around £12,000 a year to maintain, while the council is encouraging more people to make use of its Comfort Break scheme where local shops, pubs and community centres open their doors to allow the public to use their facilities.
However William Dryburgh, vice chairman of Aberdour Community Council, said he believed the scheme had not been properly thought out.
“This will be okay for the Silver Sands visitors who will be able to use the cafe at the beach, but if the other toilet in the west of the village is closed there is nothing around there.
“All the pubs are asking what is in it for them to open their toilets to the public, and many have signs up already saying their toilets are for customer use only, while some shops don’t have suitable facilities.
“I don’t think it will stop tourists coming, but I know I already have a problem with people using the bus shelter outside my house as a toilet.”
Mike Fuchs, the council’s parks manager, said: “A comprehensive review of public toilets in Fife established public conveniences were a huge cost to the council in terms of cleansing and maintenance, staff costs and repairs due to vandalism etc.
“The condition of the toilets also did not meet customer expectations, and users – particularly women – would seek to use alternative facilities such as cafes and restaurants.
“The Comfort Break Scheme has been established throughout Fife and toilets in all Fife Council buildings, with the exception of schools, are also available to the public to use.
“There are toilet facilities for public use in Aberdour Leisure Centre and at the train station. The public toilets at Silver Sands were recently refurbished and will be open to the public throughout the summer.”