toilet charge

rather than close toilets which are an essential part of everday life cannot toilets be updated, these modern toilets than you pay to get in and clean themselves afterwards. i am one of these people who does need to use the toilet fairly frequently, and to stay independent i need to know where i can use one,

 

Bristol is an amazing tourist attraction and George is making it more so, but for heavans sake , lets have some GOOD basic facilities, visitors wont want to visit bristol if they cant find a loo easily.  on visiting a new city I as do many others seek out a loo , unless you have this problem you just dont realise the importance of it. Its what keeps a lot of older people independant, cant someone come up with some great ideas please

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Toilets are a part of everyday function, lets have some money put INTO them and have some MODERN ones that people can pay for , no one would mind paying as long as they are there in the first place   THANKYOU

by lizziejane on January 03, 2014 at 04:37PM

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  • Posted by ASKBristol January 06, 2014 at 10:53

    Hi Lizzie

    The Mayor is proposing to close some public toilets as part of the council's need to save £90 million over the next three years (one quarter of the council's budget). With this amount of money cut from the council's budget, change to services is inevitable.

    The Mayor will shortly consider the public's response to his budget proposals.

    It's important to remember, there are a wide range of public toilets in Bristol operated by many different providers not affected by these proposals. Have a look at this list:
    http://www.bristol.gov.uk/[…]/public-toilets

    You mention visitors to the city, obviously the toilets at the bus station, train station, shopping centre etc are not affected by these proposals.

    Here is the list of toilets the council is proposing to close:
    http://www.bristol.gov.uk/[…]/toilets-run-council-are-proposed-shut

    Some of the public toilets proposed for closure already have limited opening times.
      
    The Mayor is keen to promote the community toilets scheme where businesses make their toilets available free of charge to the public (you don't need to buy anything as well). If you have a look at the following link, you can see many businesses e.g. Wetherspoons who have already joined the scheme. Some of the these community toilets in businesses have much longer opening hours than were available in public toilets.

    http://www.bristol.gov.uk/[…]/public-toilets

        

      

  • Posted by EWolfe January 06, 2014 at 20:00

    I do hope something can be done. If they close the ones in Westbury-on-Trym, I shall probably stop shopping there. (It is too far a walk for me to manage the round trip without a loo!) I realize that losing my small shopping budget won't sink W-o-T, but there may be a lot of people in the same situation. I'd be happy to pay for facilities.
  • Posted by abh January 08, 2014 at 11:29

    The community toilets scheme solves this problem, so long as it's marketed well enough.
  • Posted by bwhitlock January 08, 2014 at 19:52

    Charges for public loos make a lot of sense, they are trialling this in some towns in Cornwall, in Falmouth for example and nobody minded paying at all. Once people know they get used to carrying change with them so it works well, also beaches in Majorca had them and it was ok. The charge needs to be at least 20p 50 p would be better
  • Posted by jimmer January 09, 2014 at 15:46

    Toilets are the one thing everyone needs!
    In France they have those pods, 20 cents to use it, the door unlocks after 15 minutes and they're available 24/7. They're found in little villages and big cities. I'd pay 50p!
  • Posted by Keeno January 13, 2014 at 10:35

    I find it hard to believe that no one minds paying to use the toilet. Every time I go to Paddington Station I bemoan having to cough up 30p for a pee, and I'm pretty confident I'm not the only one. (Although I could just be a tight a**e :)
    If we are to save money by closing facilities then perhaps the Mayor should encourage all pubs (which I know aren't strictly Public Houses) to be relaxed about people using their facilities?
  • Posted by bccmoderator January 16, 2014 at 09:03

    Update

    The Mayor of Bristol has carefully considered the strong response to the budget consultation this year (nearly 4,000 responses with hundreds coming to the public meetings).

    His proposals on public toilets were a concern to people (ranking as no 8 in terms of disagreement).

    Listening to the views of people who took part in the consultation, George is now proposing to review public toilets and look at how they can be provided differently. The review would take place in 2014 and would also take into account the ideas and views expressed on this website. The proposal to save £500k by closing 23 council-run toilets would be removed (subject to cabinet) so this review can take place without being driven by the need to deliver specific monetary savings.

    Find out more about the Mayor's response to the budget consultation here:
    http://www.bristol.gov.uk/[…]/budget-consultation-2014-17-0

    You can watch the webcast of the Mayor discussing his response to the budget consultation in his cabinet meeting on 16th January 2014 (live from 6pm and recording available)
    http://www.bristol.public-i.tv/[…]/120771

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