Cabinet’s rethink over Midlothian loo closures

Public Toilets, Dalkeith

Public Toilets, Dalkeith

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Campaigners against the closure of public toilets in Midlothian were this week claiming a victory following an apparent council U-turn.

The SNP administration had hoped to save £85,000 this year, and £117,000 each there thereafter, by closing loos in Penicuik, Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg, Loanhead and Gorebridge.

But a public outcry forced a rethink last week when the Cabinet agreed that the service should continue at a ‘reduced specification’.

Council Leader Bob Constable explained: “We always stated there would be no closures without suitable alternative provision.

“Such alternatives have not been identified so consequently there will be no closures. To achieve this outcome we are halving the resource we already have from four cleaning staff to two and from two vehicles to one while still maintaining the same quality of cleanliness and hygiene. The budget implications will be referred to at a future council meeting.”

Dalkeith man Kenny Young, whose petition to save the toilets attracted more than 1,000 signatures, described last week’s decision as “a big win for people power”.

Read full story in the June 6 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.