Public toilets

MQT on 2004-03-31
Session date: 
March 31, 2004
Question By: 
Noel Lynch
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree that the provision of public toilets (including quantity, maintenance, security and accessibility) in London is often woefully inadequate and does not befit a "world class city"? What will you do to improve the situation, for example, through your SPG on Urban Design Principles, your 100 Public Spaces Programme and your powers over planning applications?



Answer for Public toilets

Answer for Public toilets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have no specific information on the provision of public toilets in London - that is a matter for the Boroughs. However, I do recognise it as an issue of concern to many Londoners and visitors. Therefore the London Plan does include a policy that requires Boroughs to assess in their UDPs the need for social infrastructure and community facilities in their area. This includes public toilets. The SPG on Accessible London; Achieving an Inclusive Environment gives additional guidance on where provision should be made. Appropriate provision of public toilets is an issue of concern for a number of the target equality groups, for example older people and women, particularly with young children, therefore the SPG on `Meeting the spatial needs of London's diverse communities' with also refer to this issue. I have used my planning powers to insist that toilets are provided in new public facilities, including Camden Town tube station and White City bus station and will continue to insist upon this wherever feasible if there is a local need. I also insisted that the remodelled Trafalgar Square included fully accessible public toilets. .