Management change saves public toilets from closure

Councillor Peter George at the public toilets in Burntisland

Councillor Peter George at the public toilets in Burntisland

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Public toilets in Kirkcaldy, Burntisland and Kinghorn have been saved from closure following a decision to change the way the facilities are managed.

Toilets at the Esplanade, Kirkcaldy, will no longer be staffed, and a ‘mobile team’ will be created to clean and maintain the premises, as well as others in Fife, including those at Links Place in Burntisland, and St James Place and the automated public convenience in Kinghorn.

In all, 28 public toilets across the Kingdom, including a number along the Fife Coastal Path, have been saved from closure following the decision taken on Tuesday by Fife Council’s executive committee.

Council leader Alex Rowley said: “These facilities are very important to our towns and villages as well as various tourist attractions.

“We have managed to come up with a solution which achieves the budget savings without closing any public toilets.

“However, some of these toilets are in a dire condition and will need investment to bring them up to a good standard, and we will look to find a way to do that.” Burntisland councillor George Kay welcomed the new mobile approach to managing the facilities, and also pointed out that Fife Coast and Countryside Trust had expressed a willingness to manage public toilets along the coastal path.