More than 1,782 public toilets across the UK have closed over the past 10 years, an FOI from the BBC has been able to reveal.
Tightening budgets have been blamed for the closures rather than a desire from councils to see them close. In fact, of the 331 councils that responded to BBC Breakfast, 22 now only have one public toilet, with the best served areas in tourist destinations. For instance, the Highland Council has 127 public toilets but spends £1 million on maintenance.
Raymond Martin of the British Toilet Association told the BBC the provision of public facilities was about health, wellbeing, equality and social inclusion.
‘It’s also about public decency and public dignity – we don’t want people being forced to urinate in the streets,’ he added.
The LGA told the BBC that councils were trying to think differently to keep public toilets open. Ideas include running community toilet schemes, restaurants and shops to make their toilets public.
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