Colmonell public toilets sold by South Ayrshire Council for £1

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Public toilets in Colmonell have been sold for £1 by South Ayrshire Council. 

Councillors agreed to flog village lavatories to the Colmonell Community Association who asked to purchase them through a community asset transfer. 

Council officials wanted £500 for the block, which are worth £5000 according to surveyors, but politicans insisted it should be much less.

The community association wants to reopen the loos  for free use and install disabled toilets. Residents hope to install an outdoor tap and electrical socket. 

The public convenience has been closed for a number of years, and a village survey in 2016 found reopening them was a priority for the area.

SNP Councillor Peter Henderson said: “It will be an asset for tourism and the community. If we don’t transfer this over the costs to the council will increase.”

He suggested a price of £50.

SNP Councillor William Grant said: “I would be prepared to accept a £1.”

Volunteers intends to clean the toilets on a rota basis.

The community association also plan to finance ongoing maintenance and other running costs by applying for funding and raising money. 

The property was advertised for sale by the council but there was little interest. 

The council installed new doors and made the property wind and water tight. Broken cisterns were also replaced along with the sink, which was vandalised.

A council paper presented to councillors said: “The former public convenience will be reopened for the benefit of the community of Colmonell including residents, visitors and tourists to the area.