Public Toilet Consultation

Wednesday March 14th 2018

Bonnyrigg Toilets

The public toilets in Bonnyrigg, Woods Court.

A consultation on the future of public toilets in Midlothian has been opened by the council.

The consultation will gather views on whether new automatic conveniences should replace existing public toilets in Midlothian.

This follows a decision 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.

Council were presented with the option of introducing three self-cleaning, opening and closing public conveniences in Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith and Penicuik town centres. Recommendations were also made to close current facilities at Loanhead and Gorebridge.

However those plans were rejected at the time with council agreeing a public consultation should take place before any decision was made.

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

The plans for automatic facilities will now be available at drop-in events later this month for residents to consider while an online survey is also open for those wishing to give their feedback online.

Dates for consultation drop-in events are:

– Tuesday 27 March, 2:30pm – 7pm at Penicuik Centre

– Wednesday 28 March, 2:30pm – 7pm at Dalkeith Library & Arts Centre

– Thursday 29 March, 2:30pm – 7pm at Lasswade Centre Library

You can read the report presented to Midlothian Councillors in December HERE, which laid out the costs involved both for the existing facilities (£83,700) and their replacement with automated toilet facilities (investment of £289,000 followed by annual savings of £46,700) and you can watch the discussion by councillors, who all agreed that public consulation was required, HERE (go to section 8.12).

The online survey and further information about the consultation can be found on the Midlothian Council website HERE.

The consultation closes on 6 April 2018.

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