Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Petition by campaigners to stop Highland Council closing 9 public toilets in Sutherland.

A bit off-piste for the Gurn perhaps but it is the same sort of thing as we are facing in Nairn, the effects of the Highland Council budget that was recently passed at Glenurquhart Road. 

Here in Nairn there are no shortage of folk who consider parking charges and toilet charges (or closures) as a form of self-harm when it comes to tourism. Here's what someone has to say about toilet closures in Sutherland. 

"With the increasing popularity of the North Coast 500 (NC500), promoted in part by Highland Council, we are seeing ever-growing numbers of visitors to the NW Highlands and these people also require access to facilities in order to avoid more cases of human waste being left by the roadside.

As part of its budget proposals for 2018/2019 Highland Council are closing public toilets at the following locations in the county of Sutherland: Achmelvich, Kinlochbervie, Rhiconich, Scourie, Smoo Cave, Lairg, Kylesku, Talmine, and Tarbet.

The total estimated savings come to just £67,000 per year yet we consider these to be essential services, both for local people and tourists & others visiting the area."

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