Preparatory works starting on site 13 December

Preparatory work starts onsite on Monday 13 December at Gullane Bents for the construction of new toilet facilities.

The new facilities will be located within easy access of the car park and will provide fully accessible toilet and changing facilities and external showers to be used by a wide range of visitors and watersport enthusiasts.

The total cost of the project is £ 313,661.08 with £172,830.00 funded by VisitScotland's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF).

VisitScotland Regional Director Neil Christison said: “I am delighted that East Lothian Council has been recommended for approval for RTIF funding for this project at Gullane Bents. The stunning coastline, sandy beaches and water sport activities are an amazing draw for visitors to this part of East Lothian and it is important that we support work to improve visitor facilities and the visitor experience, particularly when the tourism, hospitality and events industries have faced such a challenging time in recent months.

“We all need to play our part in being responsible visitors and improvement works like these are crucial to ensuring our visitor destinations remain sustainable for years to come. This funding will help the local community improve their facilities, as well as enhancing the visitor experience both for now and in the future.

Norman Hampshire, Council Leader, added: “This funding announcement is great news for residents and visitors to East Lothian. Gullane is one of our most popular beaches and, as it’s on the John Muir Way, is visited by many walkers and cyclists throughout the year. Having fully accessible toilet, washing and changing facilities at the car park will be a really valuable resource to visitors of all ages and abilities.”

The work is expected to be completed by April 2022.

Published: Wednesday, 8th December 2021