Recent research from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that the lack of public loos in the UK is threatening the health and mobility of the population, with a fifth of the participants in the survey finding that a lack of facilities stops them from leaving home as often as they would like.
According to the aforementioned report, the RSPH is calling for Government action to address the "neglect" shown towards facilities in the UK.
Chief executive Shirley Cramer said: "Our report highlights that the dwindling public toilet numbers in recent years is a threat to health, mobility, and equality that we cannot afford to ignore.
"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’."
The RSPH report recommends that the provision of public toilets should be made compulsory in planning law, with equal access for women and transgender people.
It also calls for the Government to reverse funding cuts to councils and encourage schemes to boost funding for public toilets, for example by taking one penny from the price of every train and bus tickets to finance them.
A Local Government Association spokesman said: "Councils are doing everything they can to keep public toilets open and this includes running community toilet schemes, which enable local businesses like pubs, restaurants and shops to make more clean, safe and accessible toilets available to the public.
"Faced with an £8 billion funding gap by 2025 and growing demand pressures on adult social care, children’s services and homelessness support, councils have had to make tough choices about how to manage dwindling resources.
"It is vital that the Spending Review fully funds councils to provide local services for our communities."
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
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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