Disgraceful toilets right to go

It is hoped that the toilet provision for the West Links will be looked at to accommodate the large numbers of visitors it attracts.

It is hoped that the toilet provision for the West Links will be looked at to accommodate the large numbers of visitors it attracts.

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Arbroath toilets facing the axe under Angus Council’s provision review are the right ones to go according to a town councillor.

Independent Arbroath councillor David Fairweather has defended the choices made by under the review branding the facilities as an embarrassment.

The facilities to close are at Old Shorehead, Hamilton Green, Springfield Park and West Links by Kerr’s Miniature Railway.

Mr Fairweather said: “Old Shorehead was an embarrassment. It’s an old toilet and the cost of refurbishing it to the standard it should be would be absolutely horrendous.

“It’s a toilet I have visited and wouldn’t want to go back to, but there are two very close by at Market Gate and the visitor centre.

“Hamilton Green was closed down due to the fact it was more of a drug den and Springfield Park was for exactly the same reason.”

He continued: “As far as the West Links goes, which is the very old Colditz style toilet, which is another embarrassment for the town, it really is well past it’s sell by date.

“But what I did put forward was that with a new £500,000 playpark at West Links I asked that there be a further report coming forward that the toilets closest that are opened a lot longer than they are at present.

“This would be in response to the amount of visitors to that park and for the children and that would certainly be looked at.

“I’m sure this council has got it right in closing these particular toilets.

“If we can get it right with the ones we do have they will be more than adequate for people needing to spend a penny in Arbroath.

“As long as we can get the ones at the West Links properly managed to the new report and opened longer, that is what I will be looking for.”