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Plan to cut back public toilet cleaning

Credit: Press Association

Public toilets in southern Scotland are set to be cleaned less frequently in a bid to save nearly £80,000.

Dumfries and Galloway Council's communities committee is being asked to back a move that would see the majority of the 58 council-owned public toilets cleaned on a three-day rota basis by mobile cleaners.

The authority say reducing cleaning would mean it could save some facilities from closure.

Under the plan toilets in larger towns like Stranraer, Castle Douglas and Dumfries would still be partially manned and cleaned more often, as well as being opened and closed each day to prevent misuse and potential vandalism.

"Although not a statutory service, our council is absolutely aware of the importance of public toilets in the area.

"We carried out extensive consultation with our communities, and our staff and have proposed these savings with the feedback of this consultation at the forefront of our thoughts. The new cleaning provision will keep toilets open, whilst allowing us to make a budget saving that is absolutely required."

– Cllr Andy Ferguson, Dumfries & Galloway Council