Myrtleville beach is likely to get some much needed public toilets by next summer’s tourist season, thanks to local Fianna Fáil Councillor Audrey Buckley.
The Crosshaven councillor brought forward the health and safety issue of people defecating at the beach and along the walkway that goes from the beach to Fennells Bay to the left of the strand.
Mrs Buckley said that she brought up the issue at the Carrigaline Municipal District meeting in September.
At the time Council officials said that they had trialled a portaloo a few years ago but it was pushed over on numerous occasions.
At the most recent Carrigaline MD, held this week, Ms Buckley asked for an update on the situation and was told that the council were actively looking into purchasing a building in the area to house the public facilities.
Speaking about this progress, Ms Buckley said that she was very happy to see the council moving on this issue.
“It is a busy beach in the summer season and if you use the walkway to Fennells Bay you can clearly see the need for a toilet.
“A toilet is a necessity and it is not just in Myrtleville, it is a national issue. All beaches should have a toilet available.” Mrs Buckley also said that local restaurants are highly annoyed by the number of people coming in to use their toilets who are not paying customers.
The Fine Gael Councillor said that she would like to see the public facilities trialled as an open facility all year round, and said she expected it to follow the mechanism of the facilities at the nearby beach at Fountainstown where access to the toilet is granted by paying.