I have already written several times about public toilets and the provision of them. Whilst in Auchterarder today I thought I would pop in and have a look. Years ago, before the bypass was built this was a major stop off point for al football fans. Toilets on one side of the road fish and chip shop on the other, but those days are long gone.
Yes the place is a bit dated but overall the toilets were clean and had a pleasant fragrance. There was paper towels available and two (very old) hand dryers.
Were the facilities ‘world class’? Not really, were they worth the 30p entrance fee? Well if I was desperate I am sure that I would have happily paid. Did the 30p cover the wages of the attendant sitting in the booth and handing me and little orange ticket? Probably not.
The future of public toilets may be honesty boxes
So here is a thought, especially for Perth and Kinross Council but appropriate for most councils. Why not remove the need for a permanent attendant and implement an honesty box? Yes, have someone to open and close the toilets as well as clean, check and restock but why not let the public pay what they see fit. Maybe I am too generous in my opinion of people but I think that many folk would pay a little more if the place is clean, tidy and smells pleasant. Any money made could be reinvested in things such as decent hand dryers and heaters as well as maintenance and repairs.
Having great public toilets is essential. Scotland has a massive tourist industry and providing easily accessible and well maintained public toilets go a long way to supporting that industry. An added bonus is that many smaller businesses locally enjoy additional footfall when a weary traveller decides to take a break.
To read further thoughts on my views regarding Public Toilets here is a link
Any comments gratefully received.