Review of Rothesay toilet cuts plan confirmed

A review of proposals to close public toilets in Rothesay and cut the subsidy given to the town’s Victorian loos, as part of a range of ‘amenity services’ savings, has been approved by Argyll and Bute Council.

Members of the council voted 25-9 in favour of allowing officers to carry out a review of the hugely controversial proposals.

At a full council meeting on Thursday a proposal by Helensburgh councillor Aileen Morton, that the savings plan be put on hold until consideration of the council’s 2014-15 budget, was defeated.

The two Bute councillors, Isobel Strong and Len Scoullar, both voted in favour of the review.

The authority’s roads and amenity services department will now report back to a September meeting of the council, identifying how the proposed cuts should be implemented in both the Bute and Cowal and the Helensburgh and Lomond areas.

Bute councillors are to meet directors of Bute Victoriana Ltd, the company which runs the Victorian toilets, within the next week to discuss the situation.

The savings proposals for the Bute and Cowal area - which have still to go out to consultation - include closure of two public facilities in Rothesay, in Argyle Street near Chapelhill Road and at the public park in the High Street, and a reduction in the annual subsidy given to the Victorian toilets from £23,000 to £13,000.

The proposals also include reducing the number of ‘amenity cuts’ given to parks, playing fields and grass verges and changes to the way flower beds are maintained.