Toilet Facilities remain until alternatives are found
Archived news: published on Monday 27 Feb 2012 by Fife Council
FIFE’s public toilets will not be phased out until alternative facilities have been identified. Chair of the Environment, Enterprise & Transportation Committee, Councillor Tony Martin said: “At the Fife Council meeting on 9 February, elected members voted to accept the budget proposals to save £200,000 over the next three years by closing council run public toilets throughout Fife providing suitable alternatives are available.
“It is important that communities are re-assured that no public toilet facilities will be closed until alternatives are provided within the localities.
“In Fife, we have 31 public conveniences operated by Transportation and Environment, Four of which are seasonal, that is they open from 1 March until 1 November. These seasonal toilets have no lighting and heating so cannot be opened in the winter months.
We do, however, have 85 council facilities that range from libraries, local offices to bus stations with toilets which the public can use.
The Comfort Break Scheme currently has 28 partners throughout Fife. The scheme is run by Fife Council and with the participation of local businesses, enables members of the public to access their toilet facilities. Businesses who participate can benefit from a potential increase in custom through more visitors to their premises and publicity through Fife Council as a Comfort Break Scheme location. They are also paid through a grading scale according to the facilities they provide.”
Councillor Martin continued: “The scheme follows a comprehensive review of the publicly available toilets in which it was established that members of the public were generally dissatisfied with some of the existing council facilities on offer. The condition of the toilets did not meet customer expectations, and the users - particularly women - would seek to use alternative facilities such as cafes and restaurants.”
“We will of course continue to promote the businesses who are participating in the Comfort Break Scheme as the Scottish Government has given us permission to erect signage to direct people to the participating businesses.”