Joe has submitted a motion to the next Council meeting on 30th March which aims to retain public toilet provision in every town.
Last month, the SNP administration’s budget included cuts to public toilets which would have seen all public toilets in North Ayrshire close in 2017/18. An amendment to the budget was unanimously passed which saved public toilets in Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Largs from closure but Councillor Cullinane says that further consideration should have been given to the future of public toilet provision in every other town.
In particular Councillor Cullinane is backing calls by local residents to keep the public toilets at Irvine Beach Park open.
The motion has been worded in such a way that it does not require the suspension of the Council’s standing orders to be debated.
Commenting on the motion, Councillor Cullinane said;
“The public have rightly voiced their concerns about the proposed closure of public toilets and I absolutely agree with them.”
“Having unanimously agreed an amendment which saved public toilets in Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Largs from closure, the Council should have given further consideration to the consequences of closures in other towns. My motion is looking to put this right.”
“In particular, I am making it clear that the public toilets at Irvine Beach Park should not close. The Beach Park is enjoyed by people of all ages and the provision of public toilets is absolutely essential. The Harbourside is an area that the Council are trying to attract tourists too, it has a number of thriving businesses in the area and the closure of the toilets here would undoubtedly have a negative impact."
Text of the Council motion – proposed by Councillor Joe Cullinane and seconded by Councillor Alex Gallagher;
At its budget setting meeting last month the Council unanimously agreed an amendment which retained public toilets in Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Largs.
From 2017/18, this would leave a number of towns without the provision of public toilets. It would also leave Irvine Beach Park with none.
The Council acknowledges that, having unanimously approved the amendment, further consideration should have been given to the impact of public toilet closures on all local towns, particularly at Irvine Beach Park which is widely used by the community. The Council therefore agrees to instruct officers to prepare a report for Cabinet in September which would seek to maintain some toilet provision in each town and at Irvine Beach Park.