Throughout the country local Councils are closing down public toilets which we believe are essential to health and well being and the closures are having a detrimental effect on both businesses and tourism. Whenever quizzed the Councils simply respond with they have no legal obligation to provide public toilets and this is true, however they most certainly do have a moral obligation. In March 2017 Marty Caine started a government petition in an attempt to force government to introduce legislation so as to make it a legal obligation for Councils to provide public toilets at all public open spaces. We do believe that following the closure of public toilets at parks, recreations grounds, etc they will later become health hazards and the Councils will then sell off the land for redevelopment and we will lose our open spaces which are essential to health and well being.
As Theresa May has called a snap General Election, this means that all government petitions will end on May 3rd. So the petition will need to be restarted again. However, Marty Caine has thrown his name in the hat in this General Election and will be standing as a DDIP candidate for the Poole constituency, in a hope of further promoting the “Save our Loo’s” campaign so that we stand a better chance of gaining the 100,000 signatures to get this issue debated in parliament. Though this may seem a trivial matter to some people, to the elderly, disabled and young in our society public toilets really are essential. A mother with toddlers is not going to make their children take a fifteen minute walk in a hope that a shop is open where her children can spend a penny and that would be an impossible task for elderly and disabled members of our society.
The original government petition can be found here:
We are also getting involved with British Toilet Association (BTA), who are also campaigning against the closure of public toilets. www.btaloos.co.uk