Relief at toilets reopening

Want to read more?

At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.

To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?


Subscribe Now

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.’