TWO local councillors have raised concerns about proposals to close public toilets in Burntisland and Kinghorn following a Fife-wide review.
Susan Leslie and George Kay, who represent the seaside towns, have raised their worries about the results of the review, which proposes closing the manned toilets at Burntisland Links and the toilets at Kinghorn and Pettycur harbours.
Cllr George Kay said: “The budget saving was only to be taken if alternative provision was available. There are no viable alternatives identified in the review of Burntisland and Kinghorn facilities.”
Toilet provision in Fife comes under several different services. The current review has come from Transportation Services.
Cllr Susan Leslie said: “There is a danger the wrong toilets could be closed because we are not looking at all possible options.”
Both Kinghorn and Burntisland have beach awards and these will be threatened if there is not adequate toilet provision at these locations. Cllrs Leslie and Kay called on Fife Council to look again at these proposals.
Dr Bob McLellan, head of transportation and environmental services, said: “A comprehensive, Fife-wide review of public toilets has been carried out by transportation and environmental services over the last six months. We are also engaging with all community councils to get their views. This is aimed at providing Fife with fit for purpose, strategically placed public convenience provision as well as making efficiency savings. The proposals contained in the review will be considered at the relevant Area Committee meetings in due course. We don’t have a definite date yet but it’s likely to be June 2013.”
Cllr. Pat Callaghan, executive member for transportation and environment, added: “We are fully aware of the economic benefits tourism brings to Fife and these coastal communities in particular. We would not want to jeopardise that by making changes which could have a negative impact.”