A proposal to close all Comhairle-operated public toilets in the Western Isles could increase the risk to health, according to NHS Western Isles.

As part of its service cuts proposal, the Comhairle also recommend withdrawing funding to community-operated toilet facilities.

The local authority says the move would save £65,000 over two years.

Today (Thursday), Dr Maggie Watts, NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, told www.welovestornoway.com that the Health Board was against the move.

She said: “A reduction in the availability of public conveniences at key locations may result in a rise in public urination and defecation in these areas, presenting a public health risk.  

"We would support a review of provision and creative thinking for retention of facilities, or ensuring alternatives are available in strategic sites."

She added: "In addition there is a reputational risk from those visiting the islands.”