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Welcome relief as public toilets at Fife beauty spots set to reopen

Toilets have been closed during the lockdown so far.
Toilets have been closed during the lockdown so far.

If you go down to Fife beauty spots today urine for a big surprise – the public toilets are finally open.

Fife Council announced that the facilities at 11 sites will reopen this weekend, with the reopening programme rolling out across rest of the area on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A full list of toilet reopening dates can be found at the bottom of this article.

Provision was wiped out when the coronavirus hit and as lockdown began to lift across the country authorities in Fife were accused of being “slow off the mark” in reopening loos.

With people permitted to travel further afield for recreation, there were reports of waste being dumped at beauty spots across the region.

East Neuk councillor Bill Porteous welcomed the news, stating that the delays had been unavoidable.

He said: “I’m very pleased that the public toilets are reopening.

“I’ve been speaking with Ken Gourlay, the head of assets, transportation and environment and one of the reasons the delay in opening is when the water in the toilets has been standing, there’s a risk of legionella and as a safeguard Fife Council has correctly sought out environmental specialists to check the toilets.

“There is a UK-wide national shortage of these people because everyone is wanting them at the same time.”

The news comes as Fife is predicted to experience cracking weather over the weekend.

Steven Keates, of the Met Office, said Thursday night’s heavy rain would fade away over Friday and by Saturday the weather would be pleasantly warm.

He said: “The weather will be improving this weekend. It won’t be as hot as it was in June and under normal circumstances it would be a good weekend to be out and about.

“There will be showers on Friday, becoming fewer and fewer as the day goes on.

“Saturday and Sunday will have pretty fine and dry weather. It will be pleasantly warm, with temperatures in the high teens on Saturday – maybe 18 or 19 degrees.

“Sunday will be a pretty good day, with some cloud later in the day. it will be higher temperatures than Saturday – 21 or 22 degrees.”


Toilets opening on Friday July 10:

  • Elie Harbour (Open from noon to 18.00)
  • Elie Ruby Bay (Disabled Block only – Open from noon to 18.00)
  • St Andrews, West Sands Block 1 (Open from noon to 18.00)
  • St Andrews East Sands (Open from noon to 18.00)
  • Craigtoun Park, St Andrews

Toilets opening on Saturday July 11:

  • Lochore Meadows
  • Anstruther
  • Cupar Fluthers
  • Elie Stenton Row
  • Falkland
  • St Andrews Church square

Toilets opening on Tuesday July 14:

  • Ceres
  • Cellardyke
  • Crail Harbour
  • Crail Westgate
  • Cupar Bonnygate
  • Lower Largo
  • Pittenweem
  • St Andrews Harbour
  • St Monans
  • Tayport
  • Charlestown

Toilets opening on Wednesday 15 July:

  • Culross
  • Pittencrief Park, Dunfermline
  • Burntisland
  • Ravenscraig Park, Kirkcaldy
  • Kirkcaldy Prom
  • Kinghorn
  • Letham Glen, Leven
  • Aberdour Silver Sands

The two toilets at Bruce Embankment, St Andrews and Leven Promenade will not open due to major building works.

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