No water to clean Ganavan toilet floors, councillor reveals

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A councillor, who cleaned public toilets until she got voted in, has backed a call for extra income to help keep Argyll and Bute’s toilets spic and span.

Oban North and Lorn councillor Luna Martin told a meeting of the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee on June 2 that even a broken mop could not be replaced while she was working at Ganavan toilets.

She was agreeing with a call by South Kintyre SNP councillor John Armour to use extra income to keep toilets clean in Argyll and Bute.

Councillor Martin said: ‘I used to clean toilets in Oban, up until May 5, the day of the council election. I wanted to echo the proposal to look at funding. One challenge I found was not having the equipment to do the job.

‘There was no water at Ganavan toilets which meant I could not clean the floors. I was given a water bottle and when the mop broke it could not be replaced.

‘We had problems with camper vans dumping their waste but during the day, from 8am to 5pm or 7pm, a big space was left where people could dump sewage from camper vans.

‘To have another look at how money is spent on resources and giving staff the tools they need to do the job would be useful, because it is a big problem.’

Kintyre and the Islands Liberal Democrat councillor Robin Currie, the council’s leader and the committee’s chairman, also called for methods to be looked at.

‘Hopefully I am correct in saying we are not charging at all toilets,’ he said, ‘but at the really busy ones, like Oban North Pier and Inveraray, we bring in quite a hefty amount of money.

‘But important points have been raised here and maybe Jim Smith [the council’s head of amenity services] could take them away for further discussion?

‘We do want to do things right and just because we did things right in the past doesn’t mean we continue doing them that way.’

Councillor Armour had previously said: ‘All it needs is for the toilet to be spotless in the morning, but if used a lot during the day, come the afternoon it is not the most pleasant for anyone to be using.

‘I would like to think funding could be used to increase the cleaning regimes.’

Council executive director Kirsty Flanagan responded: ‘It is something we would need to look at as part of the budget. We are faced with a challenging budget gap for future years.’

 

Caption: Ganavan toilets.
EB-T08 Ganavan Toilets pictured here in February 2021