VISITORS to North Queensferry could soon be able to spend a penny in the village again with plans for a new toilet facility progressing "at pace".

Members of the South West Fife area committee were given an update while receiving an update on an action plan designed to shape community decision-making and investment in the area.

Budget cuts saw the only public loos in the village removed four years ago by Fife Council. But this move proved far from convenient and new facilities are set to be created at the car park on Battery Road.

Alastair Mutch, Community Manager (South and West Fife) provided an update to councillors on Wednesday.

"The toilet facilities is progressing at pace," he said. "It is hoped that the toilet facility will be provided by the start of the tourism season. We are presently waiting on a finalised delivery date from the manufacturer who is delivering it. Then we will be dependent on the utility companies coming.

"The design of the toilet has been shared with elected members and North Queensferry Community Council and all are satisfied with the design.

"I am hoping there are no delays regarding the unit but we are depending on materials and staff being covid free."

In a report to councillors, Mr Mutch explained that pulling the action plan together has been a real community effort, with school kids also encouraged to have their say as part of consultations.

It included 32 ‘quick wins’, 21 bigger challenges and 20 ‘ideal world’ suggestions which will all be explored over the coming months and years.

‘Quick wins’ include the likes of traffic calming measures, cycle paths, a green gym and play park refurbishment, and all of those kinds of measures are likely to be progressed within two years.

Bigger challenges, meanwhile, include the provision of a late train service, a skate park and the use of the Albert Hotel as a community pub, while longer-term aspirations in an ideal world include the development of a water taxi service to Leith and North Berwick, public art work, and even a nine-hole golf course on Ferryhills Road.

Improved signage for the area is similarly being looked at, while ongoing problems with parking will be the subject of a separate report to committee members later this year.