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This crowded island of ours has a huge, multi-cultural population and a thriving year-round tourist industry, yet public toilets are not always available where or when you need them, there is often a queue at the ladies, while facilities for disabled people, children and for changing babies are not always adequate.
Public toilet provision is at the discretion of local authorities and there is currently no legal requirement for UK Councils to provide any toilets at all. In fact 40% of public toilets have closed in the last 10 years and this figure is likely to increase rapidly, as councils are forced to cut expenditure. Something needs to be done and this is where you come in.
The campaign group 'We need the Loo', is a joint venture between the Women's Design Service, the British Toilet Association and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, has launched an online petition to ask the Government to make adequate public toilet provision a legal requirement.
Unfortunately you have to be a British Citizen or reside here to be able to sign the petition. However, if you are frequent visitor (no pun intended!) and are dismayed about the closure of so many of our public facilities, you can play your part by letting your business contacts, friends and family over here know about the petition and encourage them to sign it.
20th October 2011