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A community group of volunteers are celebrating the second anniversary of retaining and maintaining the public toilets in Lochranza.
While to some this may sound banal the accomplishment has actually been a hard fought victory which has required a huge ongoing commitment and the dedicated services of a number of hard working Lochranza Loos volunteers.
The undertaking started soon after Friday March 31 when North Ayrshire Council made the decision to close all public toilets on Arran. A small number of villagers decided to try to reopen the public toilets in Lochranza and formed a group whose aim was to provide toilet facilities, free to the public and open 24 hours a day, and to preserve the toilet building.
On Tuesday May 23, 2017, the group met with North Ayrshire Council representatives who were extremely accommodating and after several meetings the Lochranza public toilets reopened under their stewardship on Tuesday August 1, 2017.
The toilets are now open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and are funded entirely by donations. They are well frequented and there have been many expressions of appreciation both verbal and in writing. Donations have been generous and varied and have included US dollars, Swedish kroner, euros and a Snickers bar. Lochranza Distillery and the Sandwich Station, both local businesses, have also made generous donations.
A spokesman for Lochranza Loos said: ‘Keeping the public toilets open was a daunting prospect but the toilets have been treated with respect by the public which has greatly helped the small group of dedicated volunteers who turn out day in and day out, in all weathers, to clean and maintain the toilets.
‘Such is their dedication and work ethic that some volunteers are toying with the idea of entering Toilet Cleaner in the occupation section of their passports.
‘Lochranza Loos is very grateful for all the help, support and donations they have received and intends to carry on providing free public toilets all year round in Lochranza.’
Lochranza Loos committee members and supporters toast the opening of the facilities in August 2017. 01_B32loo01