What a disheartening sight greeted our Grounds Staff this morning. The Ecotoilet, which took so much effort to secure funding for, has been deliberately damaged. The toilet paper holder has been smashed open and the toilet paper was piled into the toilet pan and generally spread around the unit.
Many Grounds Users over the years have asked about the possibility of facilities in the Grounds but the practicalities of getting services to a remote location has always been the challenge. When we read about the environmentally friendly waterless toilets, which work simply using sunlight and wind, we were captivated by its possibilities.
Keen to secure one of these facilities for the Grounds, the Trust staff made a number of funding applications over a period of more than 6 months. Finally in July 2018, we were successful in securing a grant from the Scottish Landfill Community Fund to fund a wheelchair accessible Ecotoilet. The grant covered the capital cost of the unit and the Trust contributed the transportation and installation costs.
We had hoped a further funding campaign would secure a second Ecotoilet for somewhere else within the Grounds but incidences like these make that an uphill challenge.
On a more positive note, we have already got the team working on repairs so that locals and visitors alike are able to continue to use these facilities and we hope that this is one-off incident that will not reoccur.