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Aberdeenshire Council reopens public toilets at its country parks

By Kirsty Brown

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Aberdeenshire Council will reopen public toilets in a selection of country parks this weekend.

Following Scottish Government guidance the Council closed all its public conveniences following the outbreak of coronavirus in March, however this weekend will see the reopening of Council run conveniences at Aden Country Park (Mintlaw), Haddo Country Park (Tarves), Balmedie Country Park and Haughton Country Park (Alford).

The local authority is responsible for 43 public conveniences across Aberdeenshire, in addition to nine comfort partners, 10 community-run sites and a small number of park sites which are managed by its Roads And Landscape Services.

Council staff have been undertaking deep cleans of the facilities and a new three-times-a-day cleaning regime will be in place during the weeks ahead.

Visitors to the parks are reminded that none of the sites have full-time attendants and that they should pay particular attention to physical distancing and hygiene considerations when attending any public toilet.

The portable chemical toilet at Potarch Green on Deeside between Banchory and Kincardine O'Neil will have to be removed temporarily as the Council do not have the resources available to maintain this facility to the required standard at this time, however it will be returned once the situation improves and Aberdeenshire Council apologise for any inconvenience to walkers at the popular scenic spot.

The following Council-run public toilets are now open

The following council-run public toilets are now open:

Aboyne; Alford; Banchory; Banff Marina; Bellabeg; Braemar; Bridge of Feuch; Cruden Bay; Ellon; Fraserburgh Beach; Gardenstown Harbour; Huntly (Market Muir); Inverurie; Laurencekirk; Macduff Fishmarket; Oldmeldrum; Peterhead; Portsoy (Shore Street); Stonehaven Harbour; Turriff (The Haughs).

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