Lack of toilets still an issue

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An Arbroath lady has expressed her displeasure at the continued lack of the provision of public conveniences in the town centre.

Mrs Rachel McGettigan contacted the Arbroath Herald on Friday to complain about the perennial problem of Arbroath’s lack of public toilets, in particular at the Abbeygate shopping centre.

Presently the town centre is served by one superloo facility in Market Place, which Mrs McGettigan believes is insufficient coverage, especially for the older generation.

She said: “I was down at the Abbeygate with my brother-in-law and my sister on Saturday. He is an elderly gentleman and he was desperate for the toilet.

“For him to walk from the Abbeygate to there [Market Place] is a bit much.”

Mrs McGettigan contacted Angus Council first regarding the issue, but with little success. She said: “I did call the council and spoke to someone and they said they would be back in touch but I’ve never heard from them.

“I had to get a taxi to get him home, there must be hundreds like us.”

A review of public toilet provision in Angus is currently underway as the local authority seeks to make it more cost-effective and modern.

Angus Council currently operates 33 unmanned public conveniences. A report prepared by Angus Council’s neighbourhood services department last year stated: “At one time, it was the duty of local authorities to provide public conveniences where no one else would. However, with the increasing availability of toilets available to the public in restaurants, cafes, public houses, supermarkets (some 24 hours), the question has to be asked, “should the council continue providing the same level of public toilet provision”?

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The consultation on toilets in Angus recently closed and we are currently reviewing the information from the responses.”

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