Milngavie toilets make-over

Ian Lavrie, inside gents toilets in Milngavie'Photo by Emma Mitchell'17/5/13

Ian Lavrie, inside gents toilets in Milngavie'Photo by Emma Mitchell'17/5/13

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Traders in Milngavie are celebrating the news that the council is going to fund the refurbishment of the public toilets.

After a recent article in The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald which appealed to the council for cash for the project traders received a phone call to say the funds were available.

Ian Lavrie, owner of Townhead Carpets in Milngavie has been in charge of the toilets with Gilbert McVean, the owner of The Iron Chef for just over two years after the council handed over responsibilty of the premises to them.

They ensure the toilets have a supply of soap and toilet rolls - they also employ a weekly cleaner.

As previously reported they were forced to fund this themselves while they waited for the council to refund their costs from a budget which they had promised would be set aside for that purpose.

Over the last three years the council made £15,000 available to traders and this sum was not used in full so the balance of £3,500 has been given to them which they will use for refurbishments.

Ian Lavrie said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we can get on with making the toilets a better facility for everyone to use.

“They are very shabby just now and in desperate need of a lick of paint.

“We will also be fitting new cubicles on either side, sanitary ware, sinks, a new hot water system and new lighting.

“This is just a make-over but at least it will be much nicer.

“All the items we need have been ordered already and the work will start as soon as everything arrives.

“Milngavie should have public toilets to be proud of - we are the opening gate for one of the most popular walks in the world - the West Highland Way.

“It’s essential that we have a facility for walkers who are just setting out - they come from all over the world so we need to give a good impression.

“We’ve still got a battle to make Milngavie the destination that it deserves to be - a jewel in the crown .”

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration, said: “Traders manage and operate the toilets and we provide funds for maintenance, cleaning and supplies. Our understanding is that some of this will help maintain this amenity which is used by locals and tourists alike.”