Public Toilets

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Many Londoners have a medical condition which means they need to have easy access to public toilets. What can you do to assist to ensure there is:

a.     An adequate number of Public toilets across London and

b.     Reduced or no charges, especially for those with medical conditions?


Answer for Public Toilets

Answer for Public Toilets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Public toilets are a vital facility, both for Londoners and visitors to the city. They are especially important for certain groups including disabled people, older people, people with babies and young children, and pregnant women, as well as tourists and visitors who may be less familiar with their surroundings.

In recognition of this, my new draft London Plan policy S6 Public toilets requires development proposals with large-scale commercial developments that are open to the public - such as shops, leisure facilities and large areas of public realm - to provide and secure the future management of free publicly-accessible toilets. These should be suitable for a range of users including disabled people and families with young children.

In addition, the policy also requires larger developments where users are expected to spend long periods of time, or where there is no other local provision, to provide 'Changing Places' toilets.  These are designed to meet the needs of disabled people and their carers for whom standard accessible toilets are not suitable.