Patrons caught short in several locations across Peeblesshire will have to spend 30p in order to be granted access to the local public toilets, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
The facilities at School Brae, Eastgate car park and Kingsmeadows in Peebles and at Hall Street in Innerleithen are among 27 across the region which will fitted with automated machines, affording paying customers access via a paddle gate entry system.
The council will borrow £200,000 to effect the changes which will be phased in over the next financial year.
It is not the first time the council has charged the public to use its toilets. Up until 2008, a 25p charge was levied at eight staffed locations – including at the Eastgate car park in Peebles. The scheme was abandoned with annual staffing costs of £177,000 outstripping income of just £65,000.
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