Council steps back from toilet closures

Public toilets at Anstruther Harbour
Public toilets at Anstruther Harbour

Councillors in north east Fife have welcomed the news that no public toilets in the Kingdom will be closed, following a U-turn by the administration.

Alex Rowley, Fife Council leader, made the announcement last week saying none of the public conveniences will shut as the facilities are too important to towns and villages across the Kingdom.

The move comes after a consultation document –which proposed the closure of 19 loos – was issued to community councils, but it was then pulled after claims its proposals were not clear.

Cllr Rowley said: “None of Fife’s public toilets will shut as we know these facilities are very important to our towns and villages as well as various tourist attractions across the Kingdom.

“But we will need to address the budget gap that we inherited and find efficiency savings in order to tackle the tough times ahead.

“As well as plugging the current budget gap to support the operation of toilets we will also need to identify one off investment to address some of the maintenance issues with the buildings.

A report will be brought to the executive in the coming months setting out clear direction for the way ahead.”

Cllr Tim Brett, group leader for the Liberal Democrats, said: “We welcome this change of heart by the administration, following our vigorous campaign against closures without an appropriate alternative available facility. We thank it for listening to the concerns of communities and elected members, particularly in north east Fife where tourism is such an important part of the economy.”