No toilet closures until replacements are found

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A PLANNED phasing out of Fife Council-run public toilets will not come into effect until suitable replacements are found, the authority has re-assured.

In February, the council announced it wanted to close all of its toilets, with the exception of one in St Andrews, to save cash.

Levenmouth’s Councillors Tom Adams and Charles Haffey raised fears that Leven beach’s Blue Flag status may be put in jeopardy by the proposals, saying toilet provision was key to it being awarded to the area.

However, chair of the environment, enterprise and transportation committee, Councillor Tony Martin, said it was important communities were re-assured that no public toilet facilities will be closed until alternatives are provided within the area – and hoped more businesses would sign up to the authority’s comfort break scheme.

The scheme is run by Fife Council and, with the participation of local businesses, enables members of the public to access their toilet facilities.

Cllr Martin said: “The scheme follows a comprehensive review of the publicly available toilets in which it was established that members of the public were generally dissatisfied with some of the existing council facilities on offer. 

“The condition of the toilets did not meet customer expectations, and the users – particularly women – would seek to use alternative facilities, such as cafes and restaurants.”

At present, there are no businesses in Levenmouth signed up to the scheme.

“We will, of course, promote the businesses who are participating in the scheme, as the Scottish Government has given us permission to erect signage to direct people to the participating businesses,” added Cllr Martin.