Stonehaven Beach toilets brought back to life

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Two businesses at Stonehaven Beach have worked together to ensure that the public toilet is open to visitors after the council took the decision to shut them.

The owners of the Bay Fish & Chips and Aunty Betty’s, on the town’s Beach Road, are working together to ensure the facility is there for the popular tourist area of the town.

As Aberdeenshire Council has funding limitations, the two local businesses are working alongside the council to revive the public toilets just in time for the peak summer months.

The Bay Fish & Chips and Aunty Betty’s have undertaken the project for the ‘benefit of the Stonehaven community’ and any profit made from the management of the toilets will be ‘driven straight back into the Stonehaven community’.

Calum Richardson, owner of The Bay, said: “For a long time now I’ve been desperate to get behind the revival of the beach toilets as I can see first-hand what an important facility it is to have in our tourist hot-spot.

“Right now our main priority is to get the toilets functional and open ready for everyone visiting Stonehaven this summer.”

Nicci Dollar, manager of Aunty Betty’s, said: “Very basic facilities are the foundation from which we plan and then build our society.

“Stonehaven seafront had everything you need for a brilliant family day out - beautiful beaches, fantastic food and drink and with a bit of luck some sunshine too. Now we have the opportunity to offer a toilet facility to tourists and locals alike, Stonehaven seafront is the perfect package.

“Now we may not be able to guarantee constant sunshine, but we can guarantee easy access to everything else and one thing we know for sure is that the beach toilets will bring a much-relieved smile for many Stonehaven beach-goers this summer.”

The beach toilets are currently getting renovated and should be open and ready for use in two weeks time.

Head of Property and Facilities Management Allan Whyte said: “We’ve had very positive discussions with local businesses about re-opening the beach toilets for the summer season and we hope to progress things quickly.

“This is a great of how community involvement can help maintain the provision of local in towns and villages where the council is unable to do so.”