Concern over public toilets

Alarm has been voiced in Maybole over plans to close public toilets in the town.

Community Council chairman Mark Fletcher has now written to South Ayrshire Council saying the plans w0ould be detrimental to the town which is undergoing a town centre regeneration.

South Ayrshire Council has announced a review into public conveniences and plans to close facilities in Maybole.

Mr Fletcher said: “Maybole Community Council are alarmed to see that where most communities will either have services maintained or even improved, Maybole potentially faces a closure on a permanent basis of the facilities in Whitehall.

“The paper does say that the alternative facility in Maybole would be the Carrick Centre as part of the comfort scheme, although the opening hours of the centre are considerably less than the council facility, it is also away from the A77 so coaches full of football fans and lorry drivers, or indeed

visitors would not be aware of the Carrick Centre.

“Maybole like other communities in Carrick have been actively involved with a tourism project and have also just got into discussions with the new town

centre officer from South Ayrshire, regarding the regeneration of the town centre and High Street.

“We have also been involved and are awaiting the outcome of the rural 21 project.

“All of this is to reinvigorate the town centre and promote the use of our area.

“Surely a closure of a public convenience is detrimental to the town and this is why we have written to the Council Leader Bill McIntosh and also the chief executive Eileen Howat to ask for a full consultation that we would want to be involved in.”

There is also a review of polling stations in Maybole.

A consultation is underway as South Ayrshire council plan to move polling stations out of schools because of the obvious disruption this causes.

The proposal is that instead of Gardenrose Primary the polling station would be in the Carrick Centre and instead of Cairn Primary votes would be cast at Maybole Town Hall.

Mr Fletcher added: “The community council has been asked to comment and we would value any comments from the community. This can be done by contacting our secretary or through our Facebook page which is /Maybole community council.