Council to shut public toilets

Bo'ness public toilets set to close
Bo'ness public toilets set to close
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The two public toilets in Bo’ness will close once Falkirk Council reaches an agreement with companies in the town centre to provide facilities.

The two public toilets in Bo’ness will close once Falkirk Council reaches an agreement with companies in the town centre to provide facilities.

Proposals to shut all loos in the Falkirk district were put forward to the council’s administration in 2015 in a bid to save £361,000 annually as part of a wider £25 million cuts agenda over the next year along with 700 job cuts.

The toilets at Pier Street Bus Station and Provost Road are part of the plans now approved by councillors to close. They will stay open for the time being but only until the council is in a position to provide a “comfort scheme”.

The automatic toilet in Provost Road set the council back £18,000 a year to run but was used just three times a day on average – working out at £21 a flush.

This involves the likes of supermarkets, shops and organisations in towns agreeing to accept the public using their conveniences.

Council leader Councillor Craig Martin said: “Public toilets will remain open until we can agree a comfort scheme with private companies or organisations. At the moment we have around nine parties who are keen to sign up, which would actually be more places for people to use which would be an enhancement.

“These schemes are working successfully in more and more places across the country such as Perth and Aberdeen. The public toilets we have at the moment will close but not until the comfort scheme is up and running.”