There are no council-run public toilets in the whole area
Map of the nearest loos in Wandsworth
Following Freedom of Information requests by the BBC, ten areas in the UK - including Wandsworth, Newcastle and Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales - are now reported to have no council-run public toilets.
Back in 2008 Boris Johnson, the then Mayor of London, called on local councils to sign up to the Community Toilet Scheme and help businesses open their toilets to the public to ease the problems caused by the lack of public conveniences.
The Community Toilet Scheme began in Richmond in 2005. In 2008, the borough’s Cllr Martin Elengorn, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said, “The Community Toilet Scheme is an innovative idea where the Council supports local pubs, cafes and shops with an annual sum in exchange for which they welcome visitors to use their toilets freely and without having to make a purchase. We now have 75 premises signed up all over the borough. Since the scheme was introduced, we now have more toilets, kept clean and safe and open for longer hours than ever before.”
A Wandsworth council spokesman told the London Evening Standard, “We do provide public toilets in Battersea Park, Tooting Common, Wandsworth Common, in all of our town centres and several other busy locations across the borough.”
June 7, 2016