Encourage tourists to spend a penny

Toilets at Victoria Park.
Toilets at Victoria Park.

Concerns have been raised that the state of Arbroath’s public conveniences is giving visitors a poor impression of the town.

Last week a concerned member of the public approached the Arbroath Herald regarding the unpleasant state of the unattended public toilets at Victoria Park.

The gentleman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The public toilet at the cliffs is quite bad. There are so many elderly tourists and also a lot of people visiting there in their cars.”

He believes more could be done to improve important tourist infrastructure. He added: “It is a bit of a minus point for the town as I have noticed so many more visitors coming here this year.

“You can see by Crombie and Monikie parks what can be done, with probably no money spent. They are good facilities and they are clean.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Now that this has been brought to our attention we will look into this and resolve the problem.

“We would ask the public to contact our customer service team, ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778, to report service issues – it is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and you can leave a message out with those hours.”

Angus Council currently operates 33 unmanned public toilets throughout Angus and last year the authority launched a public consultation regarding the closure of some of the facilities as a cost-cutting exercise.

Victoria Park was not on the list of threatened facilities although several others in Arbroath were. It is expected that the results of the consultation will be considered by Angus Council later this year.