Where can you spend a penny?

Falkirk Council are considering closing all public toilets to save money
Falkirk Council are considering closing all public toilets to save money

With plans to close almost all public toilets, where will visitors to Bo’ness town centre go to spend a penny?

In order to make £45 million in savings, Falkirk Council is looking at cost cutting with one proposal to close all toilets, with the exception of Blackness.

This would mean the public loos in Register Street, Bo’ness, would close, along with the automatic toilets at the bus station and Provost Road.

The plans would save a total of £361,000 annually – much-needed savings at a time when the local authority is facing 700 jobs losses and a huge reduction in services to save money. The council has met with Falkirk BID to identify businesses that could be happy to have the public use their facilities, but Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said business owners have contacted him, unhappy with the proposal.

He said: “It is not the responsibility of business to provide pubic toilets, it is not a luxury we can do without.

“To my knowledge every other council offers public toilets, Falkirk needs them too.”

A spokesperson for the local authority said: “Falkirk Council has to make savings of £45 million over the next three years.

“Before any final decisions are made, savings proposals will be reviewed to see how they might affect service users, particularly those more vulnerable. No final decisions will be made until the budget meeting in February 2016.”