Public win reprieve for public toilets

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Campaigners against the closure of public toilets in Midlothian claim the council has made a U-turn.

The SNP administration had hoped to save £85,000 this year and £117,000 each thereafter by closing facilities in Penicuik, Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg, Loanhead and Gorebridge.

But public outcry forced a rethink and the cabinet agreed the service should continue at a “reduced specification”. Council leader Bob Constable said: “We always stated there would be no closures without suitable alternative provision. Such alternatives have not been identified.”

Kenny Young, whose petition attracted more than 1000 signatures, described it as “a win for people power”.