Talks held to safeguard seaside toilets

Councillors Susan Leslie and George Kay calling on the Council to re-look at proposals to close public toilets in Kinghorn and Burntisland
Councillors Susan Leslie and George Kay calling on the Council to re-look at proposals to close public toilets in Kinghorn and Burntisland
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DISCUSSIONS have been held to try to safeguard the future of closure threatened public toilets in Burntisland and Kinghorn.

Local councillors Susan Leslie and George Kay, who represent the seaside towns, have held informal talks with Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) to find a solution to managing the manned loos.

The move comes after they raised concerns over Fife Council’s proposal to shut them as part of a region-wide review.

Cllrs Leslie and Kay told The Press that both towns have beach awards which could be threatened if they do not have adequate toilet provision.

And they called on the Council to enter into urgent and meaningful discussions with the Coast and Countryside Trust.

Cllr Leslie said: “It is perfectly clear that FCCT can take on the management of the facilities in Kinghorn and Burntisland on a more economic basis than Fife Council and still ensure that they are provided for the public.”

Cllr Kay added: “We have taken the initiative and started a very positive dialogue with FCCT. Fife Council now need to take this forward.”

Simon Phillips from FCCT responded to the discussions with cllrs Leslie and Kay by saying: “We believe that many toilets, including those in Burntisland and Kinghorn, are important to people visiting Fife and we hope that an agreement can be reached that will allow these buildings to remain open.”

The councillors said they were pleased to have ‘‘found such a positive way forward ‘‘ asmnd were delighted with the backing they had received.