Decision on future of public toilets made

Friday May 11th 2018

Bonnyrigg Toilets

The public toilets in Bonnyrigg, Woods Court

The council has agreed to keep Midlothian’s five public toilets open following a consultation.

The consultation, which presented plans for new automated facilities to replace current public conveniences, seen over 300 residents give their views.

However, at this week’s full council meeting, it was agreed that there was currently not enough support from residents to proceed with the installation of automated facilities.

This decision follows an agreement by council last December to keep all five current public toilets open on reduced staffing levels, while the possibility of automatic toilets was explored further.

Councillor Derek Milligan, leader of Midlothian Council and Cabinet Member for Property and Facilities Management, said:

“Public toilets provide an important service in Midlothian. It was essential that we found out from residents exactly what they thought about the prospect of replacing the current toilets with new, automated facilities before we made any decision.

“It’s clear from the results of the consultation that there seems to be a split in opinion in the community. It is therefore best that we take no further action at this stage.”

Full results of the public consultation can be found HERE.

Midlothian Council currently operates five public toilets at the following locations:

Penicuik, Bank Street
Loanhead, Station Road
Bonnyrigg, Woods Court
Gorebridge, Hunterfield Road
Dalkeith, Eskdaill Court

You can view the webcast of the council meeting HERE (see item 8.12).

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