Ayr beach-goers to be charged 30p for spending a penny

Ayr's Blackburn Drive toilets after refurbishment
Ayr's Blackburn Drive toilets after refurbishment

Beach-goers using Ayr’s seaside toilets will now have to fork out 30p to spend a penny.

Council bosses have spent £400,000 on improving public conveniences in the town, but they will be looking to help cover the cost of their upkeep by charging those caught short for using them.

South Ayrshire Council has completed the first of two upgrades to public toilet blocks in the town.

The WCs at Blackburn Drive, by Ayr Beach, are the first to be done up.

The toilet facilities in Arthur Street in central Ayr will be next in line for a revamp.

A £400,000 deal was agreed earlier this year to carry out refurbishment work at the two sets of toilets.

The Blackburn Drive toilets reopened to the public on Saturday, and the Arthur Street ones’ reopening is expected to follow early next month.

A 30p fee will be charged at both.

The work undertaken at the Blackburn Drive toilets involved a complete overhaul of the existing facilities, with improvements including new windows and roof, rewiring, external foot showers for beach-goers, baby-changing facilities, new toilet and sink fixtures, sanitary fittings, floor coverings and general decoration.

Donald Gillies, the council’s head of property and risk, said: “Ayr remains a firm favourite with summer tourists, and this work means that our facilities are now fit to cope with expected demand.

“By focusing on delivering a quality upgrade, we will ensure beach-goers, visitors and the general public will all have access to greatly-improved facilities.

“To help manage the public conveniences, we’ve introduced a small service charge which will help maintain current standards in the months ahead.”