Con­cern over lack of pub­lic toilets

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS on Skye have raised concerns about a lack of pub­lic toilets on the is­land as tourists be­gin to ar­rive.

Morag Ma­cLeod, who works at the petrol sta­tion in Uig, re­ported to the Lochaber

Times that the toilets in the vil­lage are closed, saying: ‘The pub­lic toilets are closed over the win­ter, but now there are bar­ri­ers up and a sign that says no en­try so you can’t get in to use them.

‘The bar­rier is just aw­ful and it doesn’t cast a good im­pres­sion of the is­land for vis­i­tors if there aren’t any toilets for them to use.’

Morag said this had led to an in­crease in the num­ber of people com­ing into the petrol sta­tion, which is lo­cated next to the pub­lic toilets, ask­ing to use the toi­let.

‘This is an on­go­ing con­cern for res­i­dents in the vil­lage and some­thing has to be done. Ev­ery sec­ond per­son in the sta­tion asks to use the toi­let and I of­ten feel quite em­bar­rassed by it. It is a ba­sic hu­man right to be able to use the toi­let so I al­low people com­ing into the petrol sta­tion and ask­ing to use them to do so.’

When asked about the sit­u­a­tion the High­land Coun­cil said that the toilets on Uig are closed for re­pairs and will be open to the pub­lic as soon as pos­si­ble.

CalMac, next door to the filling sta­tion in Uig, is cur­rently al­low­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to use its toi­let, with dis­cus­sion on­go­ing be­tween the ferry op­er­a­tor and the High­land Coun­cil about set­ting up a short-term ‘com­fort scheme’ to re­im­burse CalMac for con­sum­ables used in the pro­vi­sion of the toilets.

With toilets in Kil­muir, 30 miles away, also closed there are grow­ing concerns about what tourists will do dur­ing the busy summer months.

The High­land Coun­cil said it does not own the toilets in Kil­muir and could not com­ment on their open­ing times.

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