Phased re-opening of public toilets

East Lothian Council will begin opening a limited number of public toilets this coming weekend.

Please acknowledge priority use for people with disabilities

Councillor Norman Hampshire

The first toilets to open on Saturday 11 July are the disabled access facilities which will be used temporarily to cater for all users between 10am – 4pm at:

  • Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve
  • Yellowcraig Beach
  • Bayswell Road, Dunbar
  • John Muir Country Park
  • Shore Road, Dunbar
  • Skateraw Beach, Dunbar
  • Gullane Bents Beach
  • Longniddry Bents car parks 2 and 3
  • Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh
  • Quality Street, North Berwick
  • Links Road, Port Seton
  • Ayres Wynd, Prestonpans
  • Whitesands Beach, Dunbar
  • Neilson Park Road, Haddington
  • Shorthope Street, Musselburgh

A number of changes have been introduced by the Council to help keep people safe. These include a limit on the number of people in a toilet building at one time with the opening of the disabled access facilities only which provides a ‘one in, one out’ system. To allow more frequent cleaning of facilities, reduced opening hours of 10am-4pm will operate.

Environment spokesperson, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: “We will be opening our public toilets in a phased approach over the coming weeks to make sure both the public and staff are kept safe. We know that this will be very welcome news not just to visitors but local residents who for health reasons, or with young families, rely on access to public toilets to be able to leave their homes. As only the single occupant disabled toilets are opening at this stage we would like to advise visitors to please acknowledge priority use for people with disabilities.”

“With current physical distancing guidelines still in place we cannot re-open the larger toilet facilities at this time. This is to maintain good hygiene standards and to minimise any potential spread of infection. We’re asking visitors and local residents to respect the facilities which will be subject to daily checks and cleaning regimes in line with current Scottish Government guidelines.”

Published: Thursday, 9th July 2020