Call for Mintlaw public toilets to be reinstated

The public toilets near the Square at Mintlaw have remained closed for a number of years.
The public toilets near the Square at Mintlaw have remained closed for a number of years.

A Central Buchan councillor is calling for public toilet provision to be reinstated in the centre of Mintlaw.

Councillor Jim Ingram has written to the Head of Property and Facilities Management at Aberdeenshire Council, Alan Whyte, about the lack of public toilets in the village.

At present, a ‘Comfort Partnership’ exists between the Council and a business on the outskirts of the village. However, this means local residents have to walk 700 metres to use the toilets which is inconvenient for those who are passing through Mintlaw to catch a connecting bus.

In his letter to Alan Whyte, Cllr Ingram expained Mintlaw’s position as a bus interchange, adding: “I trust that you will appreciate that however well intended the Mintlaw arrangement is, it unfortunately fails to serve the interests of Mintlaw and the travelling public.”

In his reply to Cllr Ingram, Mr Whyte said: “The Cleaning Team which manages public toilets are looking at the overall strategy and will look to consider this as part of the way forward,” adding there is no guarantee that public toilet provision in the centre of the village will be reinstated due to budgetary challenges.

Cllr Ingram commented: “I’ve been in discussion with Alan White for about a year.

“I’ve had a number of constituents approach me about this. It’s not working satisfactorily to the benefit of Mintlaw.

“Mintlaw is an interchange, people are changing buses and people do need toilet facilities in these situations. This is why I’m asking council officers to reinstate toilet provision.”