Over the last few weeks I have been travelling all over Scotland and noticed a few changes. I was ill a few years ago with a bowel problem that lead to 4 operations and a need to find toilets quickly! It opened my eyes to the lack of Public Conveniences that had been shut down. Thankfully my problem is sorted but I still have to be careful.
On arriving in the Island of Arran I was told by many folk of the battle they are having as North Ayrshire Council have shut various “Loos” all over the Island due to austerity. Now Arran is a big tourist destination and now that Lamlash has had their” loos shut “the locals are trying to take it over as a public toilet run by them it is so needed in such a busy tourist area.
Maybe Visit Scotland should say “Welcome to Scotland but there are no public toilets available.”
As we all get older we need these basics like Public Toilets even more what are the options go into the bushes? I find this is a terrible situation that we have accepted as normal in many locations and how terrible would you feel with an elderly relative with no “loos” available due to Council cuts. Mum no toilet just find a spot to go??????
At Lochranza in Arran the locals have re – opened the public toilets near the Ferry, they clean it and fund it themselves and ask for donations. Is this the only way forward? I feel for the locals that have to clean the toilets on a daily basis is not an easy job. I know this as it was my daily task in Tibet cleaning the toilets on my Everest trip in 2001.
I am sure if some of the Executives who run these Councils on big wages took a pay cut or they looked at some of their expenses money could be found from somewhere? What is the Scottish Government policy on this they have a policy for nearly everything so why not the toilets maybe they could all agree on it. I want my Country to be place where all are welcome and a basic thing like toilets are available for all.
Yet some places are getting better I was in Glen Affric a few years ago and there was a new toilet run by the Forestry Commission and cleaned daily by a lovely lassie. It was a joy to use and the visitors were amazed. If it can be done in a remote Glen by some visionary Forestry Commission why not in the towns and tourists areas.
Thanks to the people Lochranza for the use of their loo I left a donation in the box and hopefully the people of Lamlash get their loo sorted out. To the Scottish Councils and Government open their eyes and sort out basics for your people?