Con­cern over lack of pub­lic toi­lets

The Oban Times - - News -

A LACK of pub­lic toi­lets has prompted High­lands and Is­lands MSP Rhoda Grant to write to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of High­land Coun­cil Steve Bar­ron and the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Visit Scot­land Mal­colm Roug­head.

The wor­ried MSP said: ‘ With cuts to coun­cil bud­gets, some­thing had to give, but I am con­cerned that on one hand we are at­tract­ing more and more vis­i­tors to the area and show­cas­ing the skills of many within our com­mu­ni­ties, but on the other hand we do not pro­vide the ba­sic pub­lic ameni­ties to ser­vice a de­mand.

‘We have a unique and won­der­ful as­set in our scenery across the High­lands and Is­lands. Each year we at­tract more and more vis­i­tors to the area.

‘ We have many ex­cel­lent vis­i­tor at­trac­tions, some award-win­ning, yet when I am out and about across the High­lands and Skye for ex­am­ple, meet­ing con­stituents, I of­ten get asked about the avail­abil­ity of, or lack of, pub­lic toi­lets. I have writ­ten to chief ex­ec­u­tives of High­land Coun­cil and Visit Scot­land seek­ing the lat­est po­si­tion with re­gard the num­ber of coun­cil-man­aged toi­let ameni­ties and the take up of the High­land Com­fort Scheme. The scheme op­er­ates at lo­ca­tions across the High­lands where a busi­ness or com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity re­ceives a monthly pay­ment to off­set the cost of mak­ing their toi­lets avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic.’

Rhoda Grant con­cluded: ‘Tourism now more than ever is an as­set that we need to cap­i­talise on and if we are go­ing to at­tract more tourists to the area, boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy, we should surely be pro­vid­ing pub­lic toi­lets.’

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