Decision made on future of public toilets

The council has agreed to keep Midlothian’s five public toilets open following a consultation. 

More than 300 residents gave their views during the consultation, which presented plans for new automated facilities to replace current public conveniences.

Decision taken at this week's full council meeting

However, at this week’s full council meeting (Tuesday 8 May), it was agreed there was currently not enough support from residents to proceed with the installation of automated facilities. 

This decision follows an agreement 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.

Councillor Derek Milligan, leader of the council and Cabinet Member for Property and Facilities Management, said:

“Public toilets provide an important service in Midlothian.  It was essential that we found out from residents exactly what they thought about the prospect of replacing the current toilets with new, automated facilities before we made any decision. 

“It’s clear from the results of the consultation that there seems to be a split in opinion in the community.  It is therefore best that we take no further action at this stage.”

Council operates five public toilets

Full results of the public consultation can be found here

The 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
10 May 2018