Public toilets

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On the 12th August 2008 you issued a press release titled "Boris Johnson calls on London businesses to open their toilets to the public" urging every London Borough to sign up to the Community Toilet scheme whereby local pubs, cafes and shops are provided with financial support in exchange for welcoming visitors to use their toilets freely and without having to make a purchase.   Can you set out what progress has been over the last seven years in the adoption of the Community Toilet scheme across London?   Can you also set out how Mayoral Decision 1529, which allocates £56,000 of public funding to introduce pay-to-enter turnstiles to the public toilets at Trafalgar Square, is compatible with your previous policy of supporting the greater adoption of free public toilets across London?


Answer for Public toilets

Answer for Public toilets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In July 2011 the Assembly's Health and Public Services Committee published its update report on Public Toilets in London. As that report recommended, it is the London Boroughs who should now maintain information on Community Toilet scheme participants.

The public toilets at Trafalgar Square have frequently been closed to the public to facilitate cleaning and repairs due to anti-social behaviour. By charging a small fee to enter, it will act as a deterrent to prevent such behaviour happening and so make the facility more available to everyone. The accessible toilets will remain free from charge and there will be no cost to use the toilets during GLA led events on the square.