Scotland

“Poo is piling up” at Orkney, Councillor says

Councillors have turned down a proposal to build temporary toilets at Orkney’s famous Ring of Brodgar.

Councillors have turned down a proposal to build temporary toilets at Orkney’s famous Ring of Brodgar.

Instead, they say Historic Environment Scotland should contribute more than a “shameful” initial offer of £4,000 towards the total cost of £95,000.

The decision came despite reports of visitors using the loch-side or road verge as toilets due to the lack of facilities in the area.

Councillor James Moar said the council needed to “stop talking and get something done”.

With Orkney featuring on recent television programmes, he said this issue was “putting the county in a pretty bad light”.

Councillor Stephen Clack said: “While we hold conversations, the poo is piling up and our reputation as a tourist destination is going down.”

A spokesperson for HES said the £4,000 was its “initial” offer.

They said: “We provided feedback on the council’s proposals.

“Given that if this plan was to go ahead, it would have taken place over the next three years.

“We indicated that we would be happy to provide an initial £4,000, as our budgets run financial year to financial year.

“We also said that we would be happy to look at scope to increase support for future years if the project was to go ahead.”

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