Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  


New Public Toilets Finally Opened In Wick

2nd July 2024

Photograph of New Public Toilets Finally Opened In Wick

A shining example of partnership in action has enabled the reopening of a much-needed public convenience in Wick which was closed for two years due to significant vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

The town of Wick has over 7,500 residents, is a community hub for the surrounding local rural area of East Caithness and has seen a considerable increase in the number of visitors due to the popularity of the NC500 and the increase in staycation visitors.

Following significant incidences of vandalism and antisocial behaviour, the facilities at Whitechapel Road were closed in December 2019.

A project board was then set up, with a representative from Wick Development Trust, to refurbish the site and they would meet regularly to progress the various actions and to provide regular updates to the community and Councillors.

The refurbishment presented many challenges. The timescale for this project was lengthy, following the closure, a feasibility study was completed in 2021 and then there was a requirement for structural and drainage surveys which took time to organise and resource.

In 2022 the funding started coming together which came from the Place Based Investment Fund, the Highland Coastal Community Fund, the Community Regeneration Fund, the Visitor Management Fund, and Capital funds. The tender for the works was issued at the end of the 2022 year with responses received in January 2023.

Work commenced on site in March 2023 and took nine months to complete. There were delays with availability of materials and provision of shower charging units. In addition, it was decided late on into the project to include internal and external CCTV which were the last elements of the project to be completed.

The improvements at the site have seen a significant interior refurbishment, new cubicles, sanitary ware, LED lighting, wet wall, flooring, CCTV, consumable holders, baby change stations, disabled facilities, and showers with contactless charging.

Exterior works were a new pitched roof, new lockers, a new wall, footpath, and access ramp as well as signage and exterior CCTV and LED lighting.

Cllr Raymond Bremner said: "This project has shown that with dedicated partnership working and a varied funding package the Council can deliver a fantastic facility suitable for a variety of users, locals, and tourists.

"I would like to thank everyone who has been involved and for their commitment to making it work, despite the challenges."


Related Businesses


Related Articles

New Law Ensures That Children And Young People Will Be Consulted On Highland Policy Making
The Highland Council welcomes the introduction of new legislation announced today (16 July 2024) by the Scottish Government that incorporates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).   Convener of the Council, Cllr Bill Lobban said: "The changes introduced will ensure that Highland's children and young people will be included in, and consulted with, on changes to existing policies and on the introduction of new policies being considered by The Highland Council.  
Work Of Council's Storm Response Team RecognisedThumbnail for article : Work Of Council's Storm Response Team Recognised
The action taken by the Council's roads teams across the Highlands in response to the impact of storms has been recognised.   The team were delighted to win the Team of the Year at the recent Highland Council Staff Recognition Awards.  
Early Learning And Childcare North Consultation Survey LaunchThumbnail for article : Early Learning And Childcare North Consultation Survey Launch
The Highland Council's Early Learning & Childcare (North) Consultation is now live, and we want to hear from those living in the Lairg, Dornoch, Golspie, Farr, Scourie, Durness, Kinlochbervie, Tongue, Wick and Thurso area.   The survey is open until Wednesday 31 July 2024.  
Highland Councils Multi-award-winning Hydro Ness Lands Another Prestigious AwardThumbnail for article : Highland Councils Multi-award-winning Hydro Ness Lands Another Prestigious Award
Highland Council's multi-award-winning renewable energy installation, Hydro Ness, has scooped another national design award.   Hydro Ness and designer Leslie Hutt Architect received a prestigious Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland award at a ceremony at the National Galleries of Scotland on 3 June 2024.  
Ecology Strategy And Action Plan Consultation Now OpenThumbnail for article : Ecology Strategy And Action Plan Consultation Now Open
Highland Council today (8 July 2024) launched a 12-week public consultation on its draft Ecology Strategy and Action Plan.   The draft Ecology Strategy and Action Plan was approved at May's meeting of Highland Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee and sets out an ambitious set of actions to tackle biodiversity loss and address the ecological emergency.  Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Ken Gowans, said: "The climate and ecological emergencies are interconnected, and biodiversity loss threatens our well-being and survival.  
Wick Centre Main Streets - 3 Weeks of Road Resurfacing and Drainage works
Highland council have announced resurfacing & drainage works being carried out on A99 Cliff Road, Bridge Street, High Street, George Street & North Road in Wick from Thursday 4 Jul 24 for approx 3 weeks.   Road closure will be in place from Wed 10Jul - Sat 14 Jul between 10am & 3pm daily for the corner of Bridge Street & High Street to enable works.  
Roads Across Highland To Benefit Over 20 Years From The £2.1bn Highland Investment PlanThumbnail for article : Roads Across Highland To Benefit Over 20 Years From The £2.1bn Highland Investment Plan
Highland Council's £2.1 billion twenty-year investment plan will add significant capital on top of existing and additional new commitments of £50 million for roads and transport infrastructure agreed as part of the 2024 budget setting process.   £63.4m will be spent on roads and infrastructure improvements over the next 3 years.  
The Highland Campervan And Motorhome Scheme - £40 For Seven Days
A new voluntary scheme is now open to all campervan and motorhome users travelling across Highland, with the principle aim of delivering sustainable and responsible tourism in the Highlands.   Earlier this year, the public, partners, and the Highland Council's staff were invited to take part in a survey and share suggestions ahead of the Council's budget for 2024/25.  
Addressing The Housing Challenge In Highland
Highland Council has agreed a number of strategic objectives with the aim of finding solutions to a Highland Housing Challenge.   It is anticipated that 24,000 new houses will be required in Highland in the next ten years.  
Local Government 2023-24 Provisional Outturn And 2024-25 Budget Estimates
The Chief Statistician has released figures on 2023-24 provisional outturn and 2024-25 budget estimates for revenue and capital services provided by local authorities.   In 2023-24, net revenue expenditure on local authority services was provisionally reported as £14,627 million in 2023-24 and budgeted as £15,005 million for 2024-25.