The long-running saga over the future of the Milngavie toilets took a new twist last week when traders closed them due to lack of funding.
The building on Mugdock Road is currently up for sale by the council, but according to Ian Lavrie from Allander Flooring, who manages the facility along with Gilbert McVean from the Iron Chef general store, they can no longer cope with the demands of running the toilets and feel let down by the council.
Mr Lavrie said: “Last year we got £1,500 to keep them going, which was totally inadequate. If the council are serious about having this facility in Milngavie they need to fund it properly. We have kept it going for three-and-a-half years and it was supposed to be a temporary thing. We took the decision close the toilets because the council can still not make its mind up.”
The news to close the toilets follows a complaint from a Drymen woman who tried to use them last week.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “The first thing that hit me when I went in was the disgusting smell of excrement. The cubicle I chose had poo smeared on the seat and underneath, it was just vile. I felt physically sick and had to get out. I popped into Garvie & Co and they very kindly allowed me to use their toilet even though I wasn’t eating there.”
Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration, said: “A report on the Mugdock Road toilets was discussed earlier this month by the council, but no decision was reached. We are currently considering offers for this site and for the continued provision of toilets in the town centre with a decision likely to be made early in the new year.”