Communities in the Scottish Highlands are demanding improved public toilet provision, warning that the lack of public conveniences could lead to a drop in tourist footfall, a recent report can suggest.
The North Coast 500 is one of Scotland’s most scenic routes, but some communities on it worry the experience is at risk due to a lack of public toilet provision. For tourists and locals alike there is sometimes the need to stop and spend a penny, but under Highland Council plans to close a number of toilets in the region, already short on provision, that could become a bit more of an issue.
Across the Highlands, 29 toilets are threatened with closure, many on the NC500 between Ullapool and Kinlochbervie, including those which are open seasonally at the award-winning Achmelvich Beach.
Highland Council says that they face difficult decisions and want to see more communities take on the toilets and run them for themselves.
Allan Henderson, chairman of environment, development and infrastructure at the local authority, says: "For the communities that have been doing this for a number of years it is not a major problem."
He said having communities take over the running of toilets, means savings can be made that protected other council services and staff, including street cleaners and special needs assistants.
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