The news that councillors have approved plans for a permanent toilet facility in Riverside Park will certainly be a relief to visitors this summer.
For £40,000 of funding has been released for a state-of-the art and environmentally friendly ‘super loo’ to be installed in time for the school summer holidays.
The block, which will include male and female facilities as well as a disabled toilet and baby changing station, will replace the temporary block which has featured in the town park in the last three years.
The new structure will also have ramped access for people with mobility issues and for babies’ buggies.
The proposed new facility is designed with the environment in mind as it will feature a rainwater capture for toilet flushing, natural lighting, and hand gel instead of soap and water for washing.
The toilet is also expected to have a lifespan of around 15 years and will be serviced and maintained by the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust as part of its existing remit.
This will be a much-welcomed addition to the wonderful park facility we already have in the townCllr Kay Morrison
Councillors at this month’s area committee meeting welcomed the decision.
Cllr Kay Morrison said: “This will be a much-welcomed addition to the wonderful park facility we already have in the town.”
However, a decision was made to continue with a temporary facility in Balbirnie Park for the coming year.
Cllr John Beare called for similar funding to be found for a permanent toilet facility for the Markinch park from next year’s budget, saying it was only fair to the users of that park.