Traders and community groups have spoken of their ‘bitter disappointment’ this week that Milngavie toilets are set to close.
The council has decided to sell the Mugdock Road facility and upgrade toilets at the nearby Tourist Information Centre (TIC), following more than three years of indecision.
Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “We have looked at a range of solutions over a number of years and decided that the provision of a public toilet in the tourist office is the best solution.”
In 2011, because of budget cuts, the maintenance of the toilets was taken over by two traders, but this was not a long term solution.
Ian Lavrie, owner of Allander Flooring, one of the traders who helped maintain the toilets, said: “I am bitterly disappointed that the toilets are closing.
“There has not been enough consultation over this. They are at the start of the West Highland Way, which is the 19th most popular walk in the world, according to National Geographic Magazine. Not to have toilets here is unacceptable for visitors, not to mention for the use of our local residents.”
Milngavie councillor Eric Gotts welcomed the development.
He said: “Most people recognise that the existing facility is now not fit for purpose and that the present operating arrangements with the two local traders over the last few years, while very commendable, are no longer sustainable. The council’s long term solution is for modern toilet facilities to be an integral part of the proposed Milngavie Hub, but in the meantime, the council will upgrade the existing toilet facility at the tourist information centre ,which will be maintained by the council and have much more generous opening hours than the existing toilet block.”
But SNP Milngavie councillor Jim Gibbons opposed the move. He said: “The council has dithered for years on this and are ignoring the community of Milngavie. One cubicle may be a solution for this winter, but the centre of the village and WHW need better than this.”
Also opposing is horticultural group, Milngavie in Bloom. The group store a water bowser there for their planters. Chairman Douglas Cameron, said: “We are very disappointed. The closure will cause quite an impact.”