Public Toilet Provision

We have recently collated a collection of comments made in the Wee Gallery visitors book during 2019. They are really heartwarming and full of praise and appreciation for the facility. However, as I have said before and will say again, the toilets in East Haven are little more than an old 1970s brick built unit with a concrete floor. There is no heating, hot water or lighting and yet, people are incredibly grateful for the standard of cleanliness and the provision of a few basic toiletries. It was a monumental task in 2015 to scrub years of ammonia off the floors, paint the walls and create a welcoming environment but it was achieved. When one stops to reflect on the comments which can be downloaded from the ‘Wee Gallery’ page it seems a terrible indictment on the state of public toilet provision across the UK that people are so incredibly grateful for being able to use a clean toilet. Toilet provision in rural areas across Scotland enables people of all ages and all abilities to access the outdoors and promotes health and well-being. The comments also highlight the number people visiting East Haven from different parts of the world consequently linking public toilet provision to the economy and tourism. Far from being a low priority for public bodies it seems that quality public toilets should be given far greater importance.

Ordnance

The New Year got off to a brisk start in East Haven when resident, Jack Reid discovered ordnance on the beach just three feet from the dunes in-front of the houses on Beach Rd. Ordnance has been discovered before but fortunately on this occassion it proved to be a an empty artillery shell. However, residents were warned that they may have to leave their homes if the shell required controlled explosion. Fortunately these days, the Ordnance Disposal Unit can xray suspect items on-site to determine whether they are live or not. There are a few theroies about why ordnance occassionally washes up on Angus beaches with tales of the coast being used as a training ground for nearby HMS Peewit in WW2. Also stories of mines being dropped during WW2 and shattering rocks in-front of the house known as Four Winds. There are other reports of ordnance being dumped at sea when HMS Peewit was decommissioned after the war but this information is not verified. In the meantime, it seems that we should keep our eyes peeled when taking a stroll along the beach. One never knows what they will find!