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Perceval Square in happier times

Perceval Square public toilets in Stornoway are closed again – after little more than nine months.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar says it has yet again been forced to close the Public Toilets until further notice.

This is because of continued acts of mindless vandalism, criminal damage and general anti-social behaviour in and around the facility.

Anyone requiring the use of toilet facilities may use the Stornoway Bus Station as an alternative, says CnES.

The council will be working closely with Police Scotland in order to identify those individuals responsible for the damage sustained to the internal fabric of the building.

If anyone has information as to who may be responsible, please contact Police Scotland on 101.

It was on Tuesday June 1 last year that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar reopened the block after it was closed for several weeks after a spate of vandalism.

Councillor Rae Mackenzie, speaking as Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Housing Committee, said then: "I would ask that members of the public contact both Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Police Scotland if they have any concerns regarding suspicious behaviour in and around Perceval Square Toilets.

“The facility is equipped with CCTV cameras both on the outside of the building and in the entrance foyer.”

And it was at the start of May last year, with a visitor season about to get under way, the Perceval Square Public Toilets in Stornoway - one of the few surviving examples of such facilities in use on the Isle of Lewis - were shut down. 

At that time the closure was blamed on “continued acts of vandalism, criminal damage, attempted arson, intimidation of both staff and members of the public and general anti-social behaviour.”