Council could charge you to use public loos

Plans by South Ayrshire Council to charge people to use their toilets hang in the 
balance after more discussions this week.

The plans, which would see members of the public charged 30p to use council toilets were approved by the Leadership Panel on Tuesday, November 5.

However, at a meeting of the Corporate and Community Standing Scrutiny Panel on Thursday, members sent the proposals back to the Leadership Panel.

And they urged council chiefs to come up with more of a business case to explain the plans.

Council chiefs admitted 
at the meeting on Thursday that they don’t know how much they will earn from the scheme and are only using rough estimates.

The plans to charge 30p would be brought into Girvan’s three public toilets, which are situated at Ainslie Park, The Flushes and The Harbour.

The scheme would also see charges brought in at Ballan­trae and Dunure as well as in other South Ayrshire toilets in Ayr, Troon and Prestwick.

South Ayrshire Council has set aside £210,500 worth of capital funding to install the paddle gates for males and 
females at each facilities as well as installing baby changing units in Barr.

Rough estimates suggest that in Girvan the council could earn as much as £7500 from the scheme.

Girvan and South Carrick councillor Alec Clark is on the scrutiny panel and said: “If we are going to charge for these facilities, then we have to make sure they are of a good standard for locals and visitors using them.”

The plans could also see the removal of public toilets in Maybole, with the Carrick Centre being used instead.

Comfort schemes in Colmonell and Girvan would also be axed.