Move to put Trust in charge of loos

Public toilets at Burntisland Links
Public toilets at Burntisland Links

Kinghorn and Burntisland residents and visitors have welcomed a decision to keep public toilets in both locations open.

Fife Council has reversed a decision to close the toilets and instead will send out mobile cleaning teams to open them and keep them clean throughout the day.

public toilets at Kinghorn Pettycur harbour

public toilets at Kinghorn Pettycur harbour

Talks are also taking place between the Council and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust which has expressed an interest in taking on responsiblity for their management.

The Community Council’s in both areas say they would prefer that the toilets be adopted by the Trust, which has taken over others around Fife, as they would be better looked after.

Alex MacDonald, chairman of Burntisland Community Council, said: “As a tourist town we need to ensure that there are adequate facilities in the right places for visitors and residents alike. The toilets at Links Place are well-situated and up to now have been kept in good order.

“It’s easier to maintain that standard if there are staff on-site, so everything will depend on how often the mobile cleaning teams arrive to inspect the premises and carry out the essential maintenance.

“If Fife Coast and Countryside Trust were to take on responsibility we would welcome that. However, we’d need to be sure the service would be available all year round, not just in peak season.”

Chris Mitchell, chairman of the Royal Burgh of Kinghorn Community Council, added: “We welcome the decision to keep open the public toilets at Kinghorn Beach by transferring management to the Coast and Countryside Trust. We note also the Council will see out its contract to maintain the automatic toilet at Pettycur Harbour.

“But we hope it will then put in alternative provision in the long term for this historic harbour and potential blue flag beach.

“Public toilets serve public health needs. As our community’s population ages, if we want older people to remain active and get outdoors with dignity and confidence, then good access to such facilities is an essential public service.”

Councillor George Kay, who represents Kinghorn and Burntisland on Fife Council, said: “It seems that common sense has prevailed and the toilets will remain open and I am delighted with that.

“I would urge Council officers get together with Fife Coast and Countryside Trust to work out the best way to keep them open.”