Paid-for ‘su­per­loos’ are surely the fu­ture

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

Pro­vid­ing pub­lic toi­let fa­cil­i­ties is a dis­cre­tionary spend for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, but surely it is prefer­able to the al­ter­na­tive of peo­ple dis­ap­pear­ing be­hind bushes to relieve them­selves.

Cur­rently the thin end of the wedge is that su­per­loos, such as at Whit­ing Bay, based on the trade­marked French de­sign called a Sanisette, are be­ing re­moved. How long be­fore their much older brick-built coun­ter­parts face a sim­i­lar fate?

Su­per­loos, which in most cities are a paid-for ser­vice, al­beit much more than the tra­di­tional penny, can help raise in­come, are self-con­tained, self-clean­ing and of­fer su­perb pri­vacy. Com­pared to the older, of­ten foul smelling and poorly main­tained, al­ter­na­tives, su­per­loos have proved pop­u­lar with both users and the au­thor­i­ties, but not in North Ayr­shire.

We must not for­get that it is an of­fence to uri­nate in pub­lic and, surely, not just re­mov­ing but, as in the case of the Whit­ing Bay su­per­loo, de­stroy­ing the fa­cil­ity must be a ret­ro­grade step?

It has been sug­gested that busi­ness own­ers of­fer their fa­cil­i­ties to passers-by, which is what hap­pens in Lam­lash. There is some in­cen­tive for café and restau­rant own­ers as peo­ple caught short may feel guilty and sub­se­quently buy a cof­fee or a drink.

For a shop or of­fice to of­fer this ser­vice would be lu­di­crous.

Ar­ran is an in­ter­na­tional tourist des­ti­na­tion. It takes pride in its ap­pear­ance – grass is cut, beau­ti­ful flowerbeds abound and there is stun­ning scenery.

Un­like many places, there are plenty of dog waste bins. Al­though pub­lic toi­lets might cost more than these bins, it is a small price to pay for clean­li­ness.

Pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties with an at­ten­dant can be made to pay through a charge and are usu­ally im­mac­u­late as the worker takes pride in the fa­cil­ity, en­hanc­ing an area’s rep­u­ta­tion and pro­vid­ing much-needed em­ploy­ment.

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