To: Highland Council

Cancel your plans to close our rural public toilets!

Cancel your plans to close our rural public toilets!

Abandon your plans to close 9 rural public toilets in Sutherland.

Why is this important?

With the increasing popularity of the North Coast 500 (NC500), promoted in part by Highland Council, we are seeing ever-growing numbers of visitors to the NW Highlands and these people also require access to facilities in order to avoid more cases of human waste being left by the roadside.

As part of its budget proposals for 2018/2019 Highland Council are closing public toilets at the following locations in the county of Sutherland: Achmelvich, Kinlochbervie, Rhiconich, Scourie, Smoo Cave, Lairg, Kylesku, Talmine, and Tarbet.

The total estimated savings come to just £67,000 per year yet we consider these to be essential services, both for local people and tourists & others visiting the area.

Additionally, these closures will discriminate against the elderly, infirm, disabled, and those with long-term illnesses whose ability to do without a regular rest break is impaired.

Highland Council's suggested alternatives, such as making use of facilities in nearby businesses and village halls, are both impractical and presumptuous.

Do the decent thing, Highland Council: Scrap your plans to close these public toilets.

Sutherland, Highland Region, Scotland, UK.

Reasons for signing

  • A vital resource for locals and visitors
  • It’s an amazing tourist area. Here now. But there are miles between these loos already without taking them all away
  • Hiking the Cape Wrath Trail we were absolutely happy every time when we came across a public toilet. What is the alternative if your on foot, miles away from a pub or any other place with a toilet? Does the Highland really prefer if people use the roadside as a toilet instead?

Updates

2018-06-13 09:09:24 +0100

News! Highland Council have just announced that the public toilets will remain open until the end of October instead of closing at the end of August.

This is great news but we still need to keep the pressure on till they abandon their closure plans altogether.

Our small communities have neither the resources nor the people to take over the running of these facilities.

Keep signing, sharing, and encouraging others to sign our petition.

2018-05-31 22:20:04 +0100

Posters and petitions left at public conveniences have been taken down by Highland Council. It's almost as if they don't want to know how many people disagree with their closure plans and value these facilities. We're not letting up though - expect to see posters and petitions nearby and you can always sign our on-line petition.

2018-05-10 09:48:53 +0100

As Highland Council won't accept our petition until six months have passed from their decision in February we're trying to re-open it to more signatures over the summer months and plan a poster campaign at the affected sites.

2018-04-17 09:39:45 +0100

We succeeded in our objective which is to show Highland Council that the public are not happy about their intended plans and that they need to think again. We will be delivering the petition next week.

2018-04-16 19:34:02 +0100

OK I'm just about to close the petition to new signatures. All of us involved with this campaign have been staggered at the level of support it has received and would like to thank each and every one of you.

2018-04-16 15:39:22 +0100

We'll be closing the petition this evening, probably around 6pm, in preparation for handing it over to Highland Council. If you haven't already done so, please sign and let's get the total past the 3,500 mark.

2018-04-12 10:10:43 +0100

Oh wow! You've stormed through the 3000 signatures milestone! Fantastic!

2018-04-11 10:40:05 +0100

We're going to be closing this petition next week and making arrangements to deliver it to Highland Council so please let's get a late surge of signatures and get us closer to the 3000 mark.

William Gilfinnan, Highland Council's Director of Community Services has stated "This is not about closing toilets per se and we all need to stop talking this language. It is about working with communities and potential Highland Comfort Scheme providers to enable a different delivery model and yes they will have to close if this cannot be found." So he doesn't want us to talk about closures but then goes on to confirm toilets will have to close.

2018-04-04 12:27:32 +0100

We now have four months in which to convince Highland Council that keeping our public toilets open is how we want them to spend *our* money. We've got a battle on our hands as they will be keen to off-load responsibility upon communities who will have insufficient funds to maintain the service so please keep signing the petition. We'll keep it open until the middle of April and then deliver it to them.

2018-03-30 09:50:48 +0100

Hot on the heels of our petition smashing through the 2000 signatures marker we've had news from yesterday's Highland Council meeting that they voted to keep our public toilets open until at least the end of August while a review process takes place.

This is brilliant news and we want to thank everyone who signed both the online and the paper petitions.

2018-03-27 15:41:34 +0100

Just fabulous! Over a thousand signatures in just a few days!

Thank you all for your support and please keep signing and sharing. We've had interest from the press and even the Scottish Parliament.

Please also give your support to any petitions being setup to represent the other parts of the Highland Region: Caithness, and Ross-shire.

2018-03-27 14:19:00 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-03-25 15:14:14 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-03-25 14:01:25 +0100

Great to read all your positive comments, folks. We really appreciate your support for this campaign.

2018-03-24 17:43:56 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-03-24 15:40:56 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-03-24 15:09:00 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-03-24 14:34:38 +0000

10 signatures reached