SAVE OUR PUBLIC TOILETS
The council in the highland region have closed a number of public toilets as a cost saving measure. We know that these public toilets are a vital service being used by all manner of people not least of which are tourists, the life blood of the Highlands and indeed Scotland. Of those closed so far, the public toilets just off the A835 Inverness to Ullapool road and right next to the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge would appear to be the most baffling as the Gorge attracts some 75,000 visitors a year, The council think these toilets are not necessary, how can you have that many visitors to one location and not have even the most basic of facilities. We are not asking for them to be re-opened without change, the change would be, a pay as you go system, the legistics of which we would leave to the council. We would urge the entire Highland Region Council to adopt this method for all 105 public toilets throughout the region, starting with the closed ones first. Also closed are the public toilets in Garve village hall, Dingwall Tulloch Street, at risk are the Gairloch village hall toilets and possibly many more, using the Highland Council's own information taken from a budget consultation document dated spring 2010, they ask can we reduce the number of public toilets? and at the end of that section state,"Further Potential Savings to 2013 = £0.2M" or in real money £200.000 from these facilities. As it cost on average £6,000 to £8,000 to keep one toilet open for a year, there has to be more to come, if you know of any other toilets that have been closed in the Highland Region enter it in your comments. If you agree with this proposal please sign the petition along with any comments you may have.