Investment aimed at bringing comfort to communities

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Investment worth £240,000 is being put into public toilets, litter bins and waste management provision to help meet post-lockdown tourism demand across the region.

Members of Highland Council’s Communities and Place Committee commended £60,000 investment in council-run toilets and those provided with partners through the council’s comfort scheme.

The council currently operates 75 public conveniences throughout the Highlands and has 37 comfort scheme agreements with businesses and community groups.

Six public conveniences are due to receive investment including new comfort schemes at Acharacle; Traigh Beach composting toilet and Ardnamurchan Natural History and Visitor Centre while Roybridge Hotel is among those being considered for the scheme.

Councillor Allan Henderson, chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, said: ‘Our partnerships with communities in providing comfort schemes is working really well.

‘We continue to invite more businesses to come forward and apply for the comfort scheme where there are gaps in public toilet provision.’

Agreements have also been made to carry out vandalism repairs.

Comfort scheme agreements between the council and businesses and community groups are aimed at meeting public demand in areas that are not served by council run services.

Investment in new bins is also being provided with an enhanced waste service costing £180,000. There will be more bins for general waste and where possible for recycling with an increased frequency of emptying within all Highland areas focussing on visitor hotspot areas.

‘I would like to thank the many communities who are organising litter picks in their area,’ added councillor Henderson.

‘We urge visitors to experience our beautiful region to respect it and leave no trace. If a bin is full – please take your litter with you and place it in the next available bin. Don’t leave it behind.’

An additional eight staff have been employed from May to September to keep the hotspot areas clear of litter and ensure the litter bins are emptied more often.