Locals invited to join community toilet scheme

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Residents and businesses in the south of Scotland have been invited to get involved in a community toilet scheme.

The Scottish Borders Council aim to create a network of community toilet facilities as part of its public conveniences review.

The first phase includes the introduction of a 30p charge at 27 of the 41 public toilets managed by the council.

The charging units will be installed throughout June.

The second phase, which is currently on-going, involves the council engaging with local groups, businesses and others interested in organising a comfort scheme or community partnership.

We are really keen to engage with community councils, local groups, businesses and others in the community who are interested in getting involved in either a comfort scheme or community partnership.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services, Scottish Borders Council

A comfort scheme is described as a third party, such as a hotel, pub, shop, village hall or public building; offer its toilet facilities to the public for free.

Such an arrangement is already in place in a pub and amusement arcade in Eyemouth and in several other Scottish council areas.

A community partnership, where a community group looks after a public toilet, has already proved successful in Coldingham and four other Scottish council areas.