A local council has come under fire for the closure of public loos near a busy market, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
The toilets – at the junction of Church and Salisbury Streets in Marylebone and often used by market traders – are the focus of a campaign calling on Westminster to reopen the facilities organised by ex-London Assembly member Murad Qureshi.
“The council have completely mismanaged this and let the state of the toilets decline over a number of years so they have grounds to close them.
“These are facilities people have grown accustomed to. They would never let this happen to West End loos,” Mr Qureshi, who lives in nearby Bell Street, said.
Neighbours in a petition opposed to the closure describe the facilities outside The Traders Inn as “an indispensable part of the market for local people, visitors and market traders”.
A council spokeswoman said: “Access to public facilities is something we take very seriously. The male and female toilets have been closed since 2015, due to an escalation in anti-social behaviour, drug using and prostitution. A code has been supplied to traders for use of the disabled toilet.”
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