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Disappointment after Turriff toilets left in "totally unacceptable" state


By Kirsty Brown

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Turriff Business Association have spoken out after "an unspeakable act of vandalism" at the town's High Street toilets.

The public conveniences, situated opposite Tesco, were re-opened by the association in September after years of uncertainty.

The toilets were previously taken over from Aberdeenshire Council by Turriff and District Heritage Society, who were forced to close them again due to continued issues with how the facilities were being treated.

Prior to the latest lockdown restrictions the toilets were being used around 200 times a week, evidence of their importance to the town, and the group say things were "going great".

Following the current restrictions the toilets are allowed to remain open and the volunteers who clean and maintain the facilities all agreed that they were happy to continue doing this to allow the toilets to remain open for those who may need them.

The toilets continue to be used by nearly 100 people each week.

There was great disappointment at closing time on Wednesday, January 13, however when the on-duty volunteer was met with a "totally unacceptable" scene.

While the volunteers are happy to maintain the facilities for the benefit of the Turriff community, if this behaviour continues the association may be forced to close the toilets again.

Turriff Business Association chairman Marj Chalmers said: "Everything was going great when the toilets first re-opened but unfortunately on Wednesday an act of unspeakable vandalism occurred in the unisex toilet.

"This is totally unacceptable and volunteers should not have to be faced with this when turning up to clean the toilets.

"If acts of vandalism continue to occur we will lose the fantastic volunteers who do an incredible job and there will be no other alternative but to close the toilets again.

"Sadly, whoever is carrying out acts of vandalism to the toilets could spoil this much needed service for all who use the toilets."

Excited for the toilets to open to the public in September were Turriff Business Association's Rose Logan and Marj Chalmers and volunteer Ian Garden. Picture: Kirsty Brown
Excited for the toilets to open to the public in September were Turriff Business Association's Rose Logan and Marj Chalmers and volunteer Ian Garden. Picture: Kirsty Brown


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