Plans to close a public pay-to-use facility near to the coach station in Pitlochry have been canned following a public outcry, a news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
The possible closure was discussed at the April meeting of Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council, when it was announced that as part of the local authority’s budget agreed in February, a number of public conveniences in the region had been earmarked for closure within the next three years.
News of the proposed closure was met with disbelief by Pitlochry residents, who argued their town benefits hugely from coaches stopping for passengers to use the WC.
Andrew Holmes, chair of the Community Council, launched a Freedom of Information request, which ultimately showed that Pitlochry’s public toilet was used by 122,000 people last year and with people paying 30p a time, was actually making money for the council.
Mr Holmes told the PA without the public conveniences taking some of the strain, local businesses had threatened to leave the ‘Comfort Scheme’ which sees PKC paying shops and restaurants to allow people to walk in off the street and use their toilet facilities. Andrew Holmes, chair of the Community Council.
Highland Ward Councillor Howie also commented: “The public toilets in Pitlochry’s West End Car Park are essential for the town and for the vital tourism sector in Highland Perthshire.
“These toilets are in the perfect location intersecting with rail, coach and private car traffic.”
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