Community Toilet Scheme

MQT on 2008-10-15
Session date: 
October 15, 2008
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you please send me a copy of your joint letter with Cllr Cockrell to London Boroughs regarding the community toilet scheme?


Answer for Community Toilet Scheme

Answer for Community Toilet Scheme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes - please see below.


Community Toilet Scheme

With the support of London Councils, last week we issued a call to businesses across London to open their toilets to the public as part of a common sense, low cost measure to ease the problems caused by the lack of toilet provision. Since 1999, London has experienced the highest decline in the number of local authority owned and run public toilets in the country, and this causes a particular problem for older people and families with children.

We very much hope you will support this initiative by establishing a Community Toilet Scheme in your borough. The scheme, which has been running successfully in Richmond since 2005 and is now being piloted in other boroughs, provides a small annual grant to local businesses who in return let members of the public use their facilities free of charge. It offers a simple cost effective way of increasing toilet provision.

Our ambition is to see every London borough sign up to the scheme. In addition, we are undertaking a mapping exercise of facilities across the capital and will be urging the Government to face up to its responsibilities by changing current legislation and providing more funding for essential services.

We hope you will back this initiative, and would be grateful if you could contact Anna Roberts at the above address or [email protected] with information on current provision in your area and your thoughts on the Community Toilet Scheme.

Yours sincerely

Boris Johnson Mayor of London Councillor Merrick Cockell Chairman of London Councils