Toilets reopen across the Borders for your convenience

A number of public toilets have reopened across the Scottish Borders today (Friday) having been closed in March in line with the Government’s Covid-19 guidance.

Friday, 17th July 2020, 11:24 am
Updated Friday, 17th July 2020, 11:30 am
The public toilets in High Street, Eyemouth, are among those to have reopened

Scottish Borders Council has been working on plans for a safe reopening, which can now take place following the Scottish Government’s move into phase three of the route map out of lockdown.

This requires an increased level of resource to be dedicated to public toilets, which means a decision has been made to reopen 15 located in towns and popular tourist destinations which normally see the highest usage.

They are: Peebles - Eastgate Car Park, Melrose - Abbey Place, Selkirk - Market Place, Lauder - The Avenue, Galashiels Transport Interchange, Hawick - Common Haugh, Newcastleton - Langholm Street, Jedburgh – Tourist Information Centre, Kelso - Woodmarket/Horsemarket, Coldstream - Court House Car Park, Eyemouth - Bantry Car Park, Coldingham Sands, and St Abbs Harbour.

The reopening of a further two public toilets at Duns and St Mary’s Loch have been delayed due to unforeseen operational difficulties. .

Additional measures include: an increased cleaning programme, hand sanitiser gels at entry and exit points, limitations on how many people can use toilets at one time, and handwashing facilities.

Opening hours will be 9am-5pm, while charging will be reinstated at facilities which previously had it in place.

Council chief executive Tracey Logan said: “We are pleased to be able to open a number of key public toilet facilities across the Scottish Borders.

“Due to the need to keep the public and our staff as safe as possible, a significantly increased cleaning and hygiene programme will be in place.

“This has required an increased level of resources to be dedicated to public toilets and means we have decided to use a phased approach to the reopening of these facilities.

“Social distancing and hygiene guidance signage will be in place and we would ask the public using these facilities to please follow this advice to help keep communities safe.”

For further updates visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/coronavirus.