Letter: Save the public WCs

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Sir,

Argyll and Bute council in its annual exercise of making what they call their policy savings lists 32 options to save in excess of £1.8M.

I was a member of the council for 22 years, it was always the tactics of the administration to nominate ‘unthinkable’ options and withdraw them days before the budget meeting in response to public outrage.

On reviewing the current proposals, one which is totally unthinkable, unacceptable and which would devastate the tourist industry in Argyll and Bute is the proposal to close 36 of the 57 public toilets.

Scotland is increasingly becoming a global tourist destination, and questions are being asked on how the current infrastructure can cope with the burgeoning demand.

A move like this is completely wrong-headed and would lead to Argyll and Bute being considered a ‘no-go’ area for many tour operators and their customers.

All 36 councillors should consider this when making their budget decisions – do not close these toilets and remove infrastructure that is key to supporting our tourism industry.

Robert Macintyre,

Serpentine Road,

Rothesay,

Isle of Bute.