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Visitors to two of East Lothian’s beaches will soon be able to use new public toilets which are being built by East Lothian Council.

The loos will be provided at Yellowcraig beach car park, Dirleton, and the John Muir Country Park near Dunbar to meet the changing needs of those who go to the coastal areas.

East Lothian Council has accepted a tender of £523,500 from Maxi Construction Ltd to construct the facilities. Work is expected to start at the beginning of March and be completed at the beginning of June.

The new toilets are needed as the locations and layouts of the existing toilets are unsuitable for public access and are in poor condition. The new Yellowcraig toilet will incorporate office space and a store for the Countryside Ranger Service.

The new toilet at the John Muir Country Park will provide permanent facilities for families and disabled users, external showers for swimmers and surfers and two storage areas for use by local surfing clubs.

Councillor Ruth Currie, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “I welcome these new facilities which will provide excellent toilets and other amenities for our own staff and for the many visitors who enjoy the superb recreational opportunities that East Lothian’s outstanding coastline has to offer.”