CONTROVERSIAL plans to convert former public toilets in Troon into a house have been condemned by community councillors.

South Ayrshire Council’s Regulatory Panel and the Local Review recently rejected proposals from an applicant to convert the former public conveniences in Templehill into a house. He has subsequently indicated he wants to use it as an Air BnB. Troon Community Council heard last Tuesday the applicant had appealed to the Scottish Government.

And a Scottish Government Reporter is set to meet community council representatives next Friday as part of the appeal.

Troon Councillor Philip Saxton said: “This is going through the appeals process and we have to wait. It’s not unusual for the Scottish Government to go against a council decision.

"Hopefully they won’t". Troon woman Fiona Girvan said: “When the decision was made I felt very let down.

We fought over the years for this land. I want to know if the land was given to the people of Troon how can you lease land that does not belong to you. We were trying to retain something for the good of the town.

This situation would not have arisen had the council not leased something which didn’t belong to them.”