Vandalism of public toilets in some areas of the north and north-east of Scotland have cost councils a small fortune over the last five years, a recent news report has been able to suggest.
The incidents of vandalism can render a toilet unusable for several weeks or months while repairs are underway.
These reparations and repeated maintenance also rack up expensive bills for councils and take away from other uses of funds.
Figures released by Moray Council under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act show it has had to pay out on repairs 99 times since 2014 due to acts of vandalism – costing the authority £43,000.
Aberdeenshire Council recorded 55 repair bills following vandalism of public toilets between January 2014 and 2019, totalling almost £9,000.
Shetland Council, which operates 24 public toilets, reported that in the last five years there have been 21 acts of vandalism, with the cost of repairs again £9,000. Orkney Council and Aberdeen City Council figures reported fewer incidences, dealing with one and three at a cost of £45 and £225 respectively.
Highland council said it was unable to release bills as they mark all problems with public toilets as “maintenance”.
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