Vandals go on wrecking spree in Milngavie

Iron Chef Mugdock Road, Cllr Jim Gibbons and  Gilbert McVean in vandalised toilets'30/7/11'Photo Emma Mitchell

Iron Chef Mugdock Road, Cllr Jim Gibbons and Gilbert McVean in vandalised toilets'30/7/11'Photo Emma Mitchell

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PUBlic toilets have been closed - after they were trashed by vandals.

The toilets on Mugdock Road have been run by precinct traders, Gilbert McVean from The Iron Chef and Ian Lavrie from Townhead Carpets, for the past two years, after East Dunbartonshire Council handed over responsibility for the premises to them.

The council also set aside a budget to keep them open - for repairs and essentials such as toilet roll and soap, and to employ a cleaner.

The padlock on the entrance gate and the toilets are locked every night at 5pm.

But last week vandals climbed over the fence and smashed a door open to get in.

During the wreckling spree they broke windows and trashed both the gents and ide both the gents and ladies toilets - leaving behind a half full bottle of cider.

Gilbert McVean said: “Ian and I decided to shut the toilets as we couldn’t leave them open in that state.

“We are very disappointed that someone would do this - the building has been quite badly destroyed.

“Whoever did this is taking away a vital amenity for everyone in the village.”

The toilets were put up for sale by East Dunbartonshire Council earlier this year.

There was one expression of interest at the closing date (May 31).

Grace Irvine, the council’s head of assets and property services, said: “We are working with that party with a view to concluding the sale of the facility in due course.

CONFIDENTIAL

“Details of the discussions with the interested party are confidential, but a specific requirement of the marketing exercise was to safeguard the future use of the building, as far as practically possible, to ensure the provision of toilets at the location.”

Gilbert added: “It’s my understanding that any potential buyer is required to maintain a public toilet facility.

“I would certainly want to see toilets remain there as they are well used by many customers in the precinct, especially the elderly and children. Walkers who are setting out on the West Highland Way also use them - it’s the first question they ask me when they arrive in my shop.”

Councillor Jim Gibbons for Milngavie, said: “I am really annoyed that the toilets had to be closed. They are really busy at this time of year and absolutely essential for tourists and shoppers. The council will carry out the necessary repairs this week and hopefully they will re-open.

“The police are aware of the problems and the CCTV has been turned to record any unusual activity in the area.

“We have to thank the traders for their hard work in maintaining the toilets.

“My position has always been clear on this. Milngavie and the West Highland Way needs this facility.”

DISAPPOINTED:

Milngavie precinct traders Gilbert McVean and Jim Gibbons outside the

vandalised public toilet facility.