The Greater London Authority (GLA) has revealed plans to charge visitors 20 pence to use the public toilets in Trafalgar Square to contribute to running costs, a recent news report has been able to reveal.
The mayoral decision document said the toilets on Trafalgar Square, which are open seven days a week, cost £149,000 a year to manage, plus additional costs for repairs which amounted to about £2,000 in the last year.
Boris Johnson’s office added the charge should generate around £100,000 a year as approximately 360 people use the facility per hour.
The mayor’s office said the toilets were unavailable for periods of time due to repairs or cleaning often due to vandalism and anti-social behaviour and it was hoped the new charge would act as a "deterrent to prevent future misuse".
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