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Toilet Campaign Flushed Away
The hopes of saving Strathaven’s public toilets have been flushed away after campaigners closed their crowdfunding page. Steve Turner launched the ‘Save Strathaven Toilets’ campaign with the aim of raising around £25,000 to buy the public conveniences from South Lanarkshire Council. However, in the first week the fund collected just over £200 so he has now decided to call it a day.
Steve said: "Crowdfunding was, as I saw it, an easy way to get people to commit, and it gave an accurate gauge of how much effort we should be putting in to save the toilet.
"On balance, it looks like the toilets will be lost to a private developer. If I’m honest, I was very disappointed in the lack of reaction to the campaign, financially.
"It’s easy and very cheap to contribute, so the fact that the majority of people didn’t bother really annoyed me.
"So many of them on the Strathaven Facebook page had protested against the closure, but very little were actually willing to put their hand in their pocket.
"However, the response to the crowdfunding appeal kind of proves South Lanarkshire Council’s case - there is no desire in the town to retain the amenity, so why should they bother trying to do anything to save it?"
Avondale councillor Graeme Campbell was the only political figure to respond to the campaign. He said: "Difficult decisions must be made and all I can say is that there will be much worse to come as South Lanarkshire, like councils all over Scotland pull their services back to meet budget cuts in a bid to deliver their legislative requirements."
The council stated last week that the building was put up for sale on September 18 as part of the usual disposal process.