After the news this morning that the public toilets at The Haughs are now permanently closed, Aberdeenshire Council have provided the following statement to My Turriff about the closure .
In the statement Head of Property and Facilities Management Allan Whyte said
We currently run 81 public toilets across Aberdeenshire, the second highest number in Scotland, and this places a significant burden on the council in terms of running costs.
As well as keeping our facilities clean we also need to maintain water and electricity supplies and we have no way of recovering our costs for seasonal facilities such as The Haughs.
The building will remain for the meantime while we consider our future options, and we’d be interested to hear from any individuals or community groups that may be interested in taking over the running of the facility.
We’d also be keen to hear from local facilities or businesses that may be willing to allow public access to their toilets as part of a ‘comfort partnership’ with the council.
It is not clear from the statement which committee approved the closure of the public toilets nor how Aberdeenshire Council decided that there was a ‘lack of use’ at this facility, or any others that may have been closed with no notice or consultation.
If the toilets have such a significant burden on the council in terms of running costs, then why have Aberdeenshire Council removed the 20p pay for use at the High Street public toilets which have a higher burden on them from having an attendant?
Hey but look on the bright side, if you run a business in Turriff you can be part of the comfort partnership and have people queuing up to use your toilets and not buying anything.