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Petition for more public loos

picture of toilet engaged signPetition to get a debate in Parliament about the lack of public toilets

Local Authorities are "allowed" - but not "required" - to provide public toilets. In this time of severe funding cuts, many Councils are closing  the few toilets that do exist. Those that are left are often inadequate, poorly maintained or closed at the times they are needed. You can help add the pressure for change by signing an on-line petition

The shortage of public toilets is particularly a problem for some disabled people (as well as older people, people with babies and young children, and women who are menstruating or pregnant).

It can be an additional barrier to disabled people who have to limit their lives to times and places when they know a public toilet will be available.

A new campaign group wants to get a law passed to make it compulsory for Local Authorities to provide toilet facilities. They have started an online e-petition at

If 100,000 people sign up to the petition, it would be at least put on the list for discussion in Parliament. That doesn't automatically mean the law would be passed, but at least it would be a start.

The petitions is a joint venture between the Women’s Design Service, the British Toilet Association and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating

Please encourage all your members to get online and sign the petition, and to pass on the leaflet with more information that you can download here.

If you want to find a public toilet, then the Great British PublicToilet Map  (developed by the Royal College of Arts) might be helpful, Unfortunately that's still far from complete, and only shows toilets in some parts of London at the moment. You could help by getting your local council to provide the sort of data on toilets that can be added easily to their computerised map.