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A community council has taken matters into its own hands to flush out badly behaved campers.
Taynuilt Community Council has decided to rent a portable toilet and put it down by the lower pier in the hope campers will use it instead of leaving toilet paper, wipes and worse in the wild.
Signs are also going up to remind all visitors of their responsibility to leave no trace and explain the etiquette of camping in a remote spot.
Renting the temporary toilet will be trialled over the next month said Maggie Croft on behalf of Taynuilt Community Council.
If the toilet provision works well then it will be kept for longer. A volunteer has offered to keep it clean and stocked up with a view to organising a rota with others if a success.
The cost of this facility is being met by the community council and will be reviewed over the next few weeks on whether to continue over the summer, said Maggie adding there had been good response from visitors so far.
A few visitors have even suggested a donation box.
Thanks to the council’s cleansing department, there is also now a large bin down at the pier to help keep the area litter free.
‘Hopefully we will start to see improvements immediately. We all want our pier area to be a clean, safe place for everyone to enjoy,’ said Maggie.
The positive actions have been welcomed by relieved residents.
Taynuilt CC convenor David Sloss said: ‘We’ll give it a month to see if the portaloo makes a difference. It’s great that our actions have been so well received by the community. Let’s hope it has impact.
‘We’ve already got signs up encouraging people how to behave rather than telling them not what to do and we’ve still got more to go up.’
Kelly’s Pier, higher up in the village, also attracts campers but is privately owned.
There are also permanent public toilets just off the Main Street opposite the old police house.