Shops urged to offer community toilets

February 01 2018

SHOPS and businesses in Bristol are being asked to consider opening up their toilet facilities to the public.

SHOPS and businesses in Bristol are being asked to consider opening up their toilet facilities to the public.

It follows a decision by the city council to shut 18 public toilets in the city to save money. 

The council has launched a ‘Community Toilet Scheme’ and recruitment is under way. A number of organisations have signed up and council-owned buildings, including City Hall, MShed, Colston Hall and the Create Centre, will also be making their facilities available.

Once the new scheme is up and running, the council will work with Bristol Ageing Better to produce a paper based map, so that people would be able to plan their trips with toilet access in mind. There would also be an online version of the map and prominent signage to highlight the toilets involved in the scheme.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig, said: “We believe a Community Toilet Scheme will be able to provide cleaner, safer, and more accessible toilets in more convenient locations for residents and visitors to the city and that it is value for money.

“I would like to thank all organisations that have already signed up to the scheme, and would encourage all Bristol businesses with public-facing toilets to consider coming on board to help make a difference to the community. 

“Our plan is to double the amount of publicly available toilet sites and ensure that they are spread across the city, but we cannot do this without the support of the business community.”

The council is working closely with Crohns and Colitis UK to ensure that its members are aware of the proposed new locations, and to raise awareness across the city of the needs of people living with Crohns and Colitis. The council will also continue to work with St Mungo’s to develop an appropriate solution for homeless people.

To sign up for the Community Toilet Scheme or to find out more about what is involved, visit www.bristol.gov.uk/communitytoilets