South Ayrshire Council is looking for the public's views on proposals to turn a disused toilet block in Ayr into a hot food takeaway.

The local authority has applied for planning permission to repurpose the former loos at the corner of the Low Green Esplanade and Blackburn Drive.

The application is for a change of use of a former public convenience building to a hot food takeaway with an ancillary external seating area.

The council is planning to lease the former toilets to a local business to create a café kiosk.

The property was marketed for lease as a development opportunity during October and November last year.

The property has been declared surplus to the council's requirements and the proposed redevelopment would provide a new food and drink facility.

A council spokesperson said: "The proposal is for the former toilets and shelter, which is in a state of disrepair, to be leased to a local business for a term of 25 years.

"The building will be redeveloped by the tenant to create a café kiosk selling drinks, snacks and gifts.

"The proposal has been recommended as offering best value, following South Ayrshire Council’s evaluation of the offers received."

The Ayr Common Good Fund would benefit from the annual rent paid over the 25-year lease. 

Representations must be submitted in writing, by email, or by online response by 5pm on Monday, February 26.

You can submit a response using the online comment response sheet via the Have Your Say section of the council’s website at,

Responses can also be made by email to or in writing to: Asset Management and Community Asset Transfer, South Ayrshire Council, County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr KA7 1DR.

Any correspondence should be clearly marked 'Ayr Esplanade Former Shelter/Toilets Common Good Consultation'.

The full planning application can be found on South Ayrshire Council's planning website, searching for the reference code 24/00015/APP.