Echt residents want a say in future of village’s public toilet

Residents want a say on the future of public toilets in Aberdeenshire.
Residents want a say on the future of public toilets in Aberdeenshire.

A Westhill councillor is backing residents in Echt to have their say on the future of the public toilet in the village.

Iris Walker is concerned over the council’s new strategy. The Echt facility is earmarked by for closure.

Councillor Walker said: “Councillors agreed that a review was necessary but that any closures should be fully discussed with the communities involved.

“It may be that communities have ideas on how to run them or local businesses may want to consider working in partnership with the council to provide alternative facilities.

“We emphasised that this must happen and it is very disappointing that the administration of Aberdeenshire Council has allowed this to go ahead without consulting the residents and staff affected.”

Echt community councillor George Glennie said: “We know that the public toilets in Echt are used much more than the council say they are. Football spectators, lorry drivers and bus parties use the facility on a regular basis. There are no other facilities for miles around. There has been absolutely no consultation here”.