Cabinet at Midlothian Council refuses to explain toilet rationale

Councillors have rebuffed calls for an explanation into how public toilets can be kept open, with reduced cleaning, without an impact on the service.

In May the council’s SNP-led administration agreed to reconsider contentious proposals to close all five public toilets in Midlothian.

As an alternative to closures, it decided to reduce the number of cleaning operatives from four to two, and vehicles from two to one.

The performance review and scrutiny committee (PRSCC) ‘called in’ the decision, effectively freezing it, recommending that the cabinet explain how savings could be achieved.

At a recent meeting of the cabinet, Council Leader Bob Constable (SNP) said the cabinet would not comply with the PRSCC recommendations for a full risk assessment and explanation, adding: “We have already done that task and, therefore, I consider the matter closed.”

Read full story in the September 5 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.