Proposals which could see the closure of up to 29 public toilets have been slammed as “short-sighted” by Highlands and Islands MSP, Donald Cameron.
The consultation, which is being held by Highland Council, is considering a “review of current provision, including some rationalisation of 29 existing facilities”, and also the possibility of introducing charges for the most used facilities.
The review is set to go on till the end of October, during which time the Council have stated that no toilets will close.
However, local community groups have been up in arms over the announcement, with one group “Highland Save Our Loos” attracting over 650 members on Facebook (at the time of writing) and launching a petition to prevent the closures.
Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron announced his backing for the campaign, having heard from various constituents since his election about a lack of facilities in the region.
Donald Cameron MSP said:
“I want to put my full support behind the campaign to save public toilets across the Highland region.
Not only are these facilities important for locals, but as one of Scotland’s major tourist hotspots, my biggest concern is that a lack of toilets will put people off re-visiting certain areas in the Highlands, which will have a real impact on the local economy.
It is completely short sighted for Highland Council to consider shelving more than a quarter of their public toilets and I will be writing to the council’s Chief Executive to make my views clear and to ensure that these important amenities are saved. Let’s not lose our loos.”