‘Westport beach is one of our biggest assets’

Westport's Potraloo.

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By Joan Crooks

A survey on the Westport beach Facebook page about the need for proper toilet facilities has had many replies.

The Courier took to the streets to gather the thoughts of Westport beach users on the available facilities here is what people said:

Douglas and James Frazer who work for PowerNI in Belfast were on holiday in Kintyre. Douglas, who grew up in Campbeltown said: ‘Westport beach was a big part of my childhood. It is a lovely beach with beautiful views. There really should be permanent toilet facilities there.’  50_c20westport01_Douglas_Frazer_Jim_Frazer

Tom and Isabel McKeown, both 63 and on holiday from Newmains in Lanarkshire said: ‘All beaches need proper facilities these days.’

Tom, whose grandmother was from Campbeltown added: ‘It’s good to see some improvements to the town, but there’s the need to make the most of the beaches as well.’  50_c20westport02_Tom_McKeown_Isabel_McKeown

Campbeltown residents, Alisdair Hill, 31, with Laura Galbraith, 29, said: ‘We go to Westport with our three year old and better toilet facilities would really help.

‘A shower tap outside would be very useful too to wash sand off before getting into the car.’ 50_c20westport03_Alisdair_Hill_Laura_Galbraith_Arran_McGeachy

Jason McCallum, 40, from Keeping it Local Campbeltown took time out from work at Kintyre goes Digital.

He said: ‘Westport beach is one of our biggest assets. It should have better facilities and it should be better promoted and marketed.

‘There is nowhere for bathers and surfers to change. It is time we had proper facilities there.’ 50_c20westport04_Jason_McCallum

John Wareham, 58, with granddaughter Emma Ramsey, 3, said: ‘A proper toilet block is really necessary.

‘Emma often goes to Westport with her mother, Julie, and a proper toilet, all year round, is a must for children. People need somewhere to change too.

‘The beach also needs bins for dog waste, and some general waste bins along the beach might prevent people dropping litter.

‘There have been lots of broken bottles in the dunes in recent weeks.’ 50_c20westport05_John_Wareham_Emma_Ramsey

Eve Gaughan, 19, from Campbeltown, was accompanied by Brooke, 3, and her little dog Travis. Eve said: ‘I used to surf regularly at Westport.

‘Proper toilet and changing facilities would be a great asset as would a shower, even an outside one.’  50_c20westport06_Eve_Gaughan_Brook_dog_Travis

Christopher Deans, 35, and his son, Liam, 8, felt that the current arrangement is adequate.

Christopher said. ‘As long as there is some kind of toilet, it’s fine. The portaloo serves its purpose.’ 50_c20westport07_Liam_Deans_Christopher_Deans

The faces of Franziska Kurz, 27, Michaela Grill, 30, and Verena Grill, 28, on holiday from Bavaria, Germany lit up at the mention of Westport beach.

They said: ‘We love the beach and the beautiful scenery although the weather was very bad the day that we went there.

‘We were wearing lots of layers of clothes but we were soaked through after our walk.

‘We had brought dry clothes but had to change in the car. It would have been so good to have somewhere to get dried and changed.’  50_c20westport08_Verena_Grill_Michaela_Grill_Franziska_Kurz

Cadenhead Whisky Shop staff, Bethany Maclean, 20, and Cynthia Allen, 36, said: ‘There should be a properly serviced and maintained toilet block at Westport beach.

‘On good days, when the beach is busy, one portaloo is inadequate and gets very smelly. That’s not nice, especially for families with small children.’

Cynthia added: ‘The beach at Westport is great for surfing, and changing facilities would help attract more visitors to the area.’ 50_c20westport09_Bethany_Maclean_Cynthia_Allen

Claire Greenlees, 22, said: ‘ I go out to Westport a lot. It’s a great way to clear your head. I mostly go to walk but also to swim in good weather.

‘There should definitely be better toilets,’ she said. ‘The beach is used all year round and needs a permanent, well maintained toilet block.’  50_c20westport10_Claire_Greenlees

Westport beach’s portaloo. c23westport01no_portaloo