Relief at toilets reopening

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Ganavan toilets are expected to open by this weekend much to campaigners’ relief.

An agreement to open the conveniences despite it still being out-of-season has been agreed by Argyll and Bute Council, BID4Oban and a willing operator.

Oban councillor Elaine Robertson said she was ‘absolutely delighted’.

The agreement includes the toilets opening weekdays too, depending on the weather.

The hope is that the new opening-arrangement will start as soon as this weekend when all the legal paperwork has been drawn up.

To help towards the cost of the off-peak opening, users will be asked to contribute by dropping coins into an honesty box at Dougie Dan’s snack van.

The Ganavan toilets are deemed by the council as seasonal toilets and as such closed from October. In April, the council will resume responsibility again.

BID4Oban has funded the reopening but hopes public donations will help it recoup the cost.

BIDS chief executive Andrew Spence said: ‘It’s a common sense approach to get the toilets open again with so many people out and about at the moment given lockdown.’

Councillor Robertson added: ‘The increased footfall over the past year has highlighted how very important Ganavan is for the wellbeing of the community, and access to toilet facilities an essential.

‘Through a partnership agreement between BID4OBAN, the council and a willing operator, I am delighted to report that the toilets will be open at weekends by the end of January.

‘I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Area Committee, to thank all involved in this agreement for their help and support in achieving this outcome.’

Dougie Graham, who runs the snack van in big Ganavan’s car park said: ‘I’ve always maintained the Ganavan toilets should be open all year round for the people of this town. I’m happy the council has got onboard recognising it’s more of a necessity than a need. This is great news.’