Consultation on Midlothian’s public toilets

A consultation on the future of public toilets in Midlothian has been opened by the council today (13 March).

The consultation will gather views on whether new automatic conveniences should replace existing public toilets in Midlothian.

Possibility of automatic toilets

This follows a decision by council last December to keep all five current public toilets open, on reduced staffing levels, while the possibility of automatic toilets was explored further.

Council were presented with the option of introducing three self-cleaning, opening and closing public conveniences in Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith and Penicuik town centres.  Recommendations were also made to close current facilities at Loanhead and Gorebridge.

Consultation will shape council decision

However those plans were rejected at the time with council agreeing a public consultation should take place before any decision was made. 

The plans for automatic facilities will now be available at drop-in events later this month for residents to consider while an online survey is also open for those wishing to give their feedback online. 

Drop-in events

Dates for consultation drop-in events are:

  • Tuesday 27 March, 2:30pm - 7pm at Penicuik Centre
  • Wednesday 28 March, 2:30pm - 7pm at Dalkeith Library & Arts Centre
  • Thursday 29 March, 2:30pm - 7pm at Lasswade Centre Library 

The survey and further information about the consultation.

The consultation closes at 2pm on 6 April 2018.  

Current facilities

Midlothian Council currently operates five public toilets at the following locations:

  • Penicuik, Bank Street
  • Loanhead, Station Road
  • Bonnyrigg, Woods Court
  • Gorebridge, Hunterfield Road
  • Dalkeith, Eskdaill Court
13 Mar 2018