Saving a few pennies

Cathy Duncan and Steve Byrne with the Dalintober and Millknowe tenants' and residents' public toilets petition earlier this year.

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A contactless card may be needed to spend a penny at Campbeltown’s public conveniences.

That is if Argyll and Bute Council’s plan to charge, for bums on seats, at the currently free facilities goes ahead.

Members of the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee agreed in principle to charge at high footfall toilets at a recent meeting.

It was also agreed, to perhaps introduce honesty boxes at medium footfall toilets, and ask communities to take on low footfall conveniences.

Isle of Bute councillor, Jim Findlay, said: ‘In terms of charging, could we bring ourselves into the 21st century and have some e-entry facility if we are going to charge?’

Jim Smith, the council’s head of roads and amenity services, added: ‘That is something we would be quite keen to do.

‘We can follow up card or contactless payment – it is certainly worth exploring.’