Facelift planned for city centre toilets

The Council is to refurbish seven public toilets in Edinburgh’s city centre to bring them up to modern standards.

The work is being carried out on a phased basis to cause as little disruption as possible to those using the service.  The more popular toilets will be open while the festivals and the Tattoo are running and when a toilet closes there will always be another one open nearby.  

When each facility reopens there will be a charge of 30p to use the toilets and the money raised will be reinvested in the service.  

The first of these facilities to be upgraded will be the public toilets at The Mound and The West End of Princes Street Gardens. These toilets are now closed for approximately four weeks, however, the toilets behind the Ross Bandstand in the gardens will remain open for the public during this period.

The other toilets to be refurbished over the coming weeks are Nicolson Square, Ross Bandstand, Castle Terrace, Castle Hill and Hunters Square.  

Lesley Hinds, Convener of the Environment Committee, said: “The toilets are in much need of upgrading to bring them up to a modern standard.  During last year’s budget engagement the public made it clear that they would like to keep the toilets and many people said they would they rather pay for them to allow us to bring them up to a higher standard. 

“There has been a lot of debate about the future of public toilets in the last few years and so I am delighted that we have a way forward to upgrade toilets in the city which the public said they wanted.”


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