A community-owner public toilet in Moray has proved to be so successful that the people running it are now offering advice to others looking to do the same, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
The Aberlour Community Association (ACA) took over the lease of the toilets in 2016 after applying for a community asset transfer of the Speyside Visitor Centre.
They are the only public toilets in the popular tourism destination and have been run and maintained successfully by the local volunteers, with a small helping hand in terms of funding from Moray Council.
Now, with every facility in the region being given a year’s reprieve so that communities can band together to take them over, Aberlour locals have invited them to take a leaf out of their book.
Hugh Fraser, chairman of the ACA, hailed the success they have enjoyed so far.
He said: “The driving force behind us taking over the building was that it used to be owned by the Speyside Way and was only opened in 2012 for two weeks, and then not at all in 2013, so we decided to take it into our own hands.
“The view from us, despite all these council announcements, is that they will always remain open as we have the ability to raise the funding to keep them open.
“We are even planning to put in one of those coin-operated doors to help with operating costs.”
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