The vital importance of public toilets is often overlooked. We all know how awful it is to need the toilet and not be able to find an available one, but many vulnerable groups are disproportionately affected by a lack of public toilets in public areas, due to their need to access facilities quickly and/or privately:
• Parents with small children
• Pregnant people
• People who menstruate
• Disabled people
• Elderly people
• People with mental health issues
• Trans people
• Homeless people
Council ignorance of these issues leads to public toilets being seen as an easy disposable to save money.
In 37 councils across the UK, there are no public toilets available at all.
This leads to many of the people described enough unable to go to their local high street without very careful planning. Clearly decreasing the number of visitors is not what any council has in mind when they get rid of public toilets, yet it is undoubtedly the outcome.
“The dwindling public toilet numbers in recent years is a threat to health, mobility, and equality that we cannot afford to ignore,” said Shirley Cramer, the chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). “As is so often the case in this country, it is a health burden that falls disproportionately on already disadvantaged groups.
“Standing in the way of this necessary and serious policy discussion is a stubbornly persistent ‘toilet taboo’, a decade of cuts to local authorities, and an increasingly ingrained notion that public toilets are merely a ‘nice-to-have.”
Charging a fee for access is quite often the most sensible solution when it comes to public toilets’ funding – and indeed keeping these facilities open for the general public, and this is exactly where Toilet Turnstiles could really put its experience to good work.
Our toilet turnstiles are built from graded stainless steel, for easier cleaning and maintenance, and also come equipped with lockable lids to prevent unwanted access. Furthermore, the separate coin box offers very versatile mounting options, as it can be installed either in front of the turnstile, at the side or alternatively, on the wall, with the cash box at the rear.
The turnstile’s coin mechanism can be programmed for virtually any combination of coins with a secure cash box to hold them, while the additional counters for the number of entries made will enable a thorough level of control over the system’s operation.
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