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To: Bristol City Council

Public Toilet Facilities for Bristol City Centre

Public Toilet Facilities for Bristol City Centre

We the undersigned call for Bristol City Council to build new accessible public toilet facilities in the city centre. Bristol has experienced severe cuts to public toilet facilities in recent years. Those disproportionately effected by the shortage of such facilities are those with disabilities and long-standing health issues. With regards to the latter this particularly effects those with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (such as Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), along with neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. This list is not at all exhaustive.

We note the existence of the Community Toilet Scheme (CTS), but find this to be inadequate for several reasons. First and foremost, the number of businesses that have signed up to this scheme in the city centre is limited. The lack of insurance cover provided by the CTS is also an issue. Furthermore, the current public health crisis reveals the need for facilities not reliant upon open businesses to be available to the public.

Why is this important?

From our perspective the provision of accessible public toilet facilities is a basic duty of local government to protect and preserve the human rights of Bristol’s residents and visitors. It is also a question of upholding the public dignity of those who need regular access to such facilities. It is also imperative that these facilities include Changing Places facilities for use for those with profound physical and learning disabilities. It is our hope that Bristol City Council will be able to make use of the £30 million fund the Government established to help local councils provide such facilities last year.

Bristol, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • I manage a city centre venue, we have to turn hundreds of people away a day (bar anyone desperate/with children). It is very costly for businesses to carry this burden (on toiletries and staff costs, particularly in current times) as most sneak in without asking. Disgusting that those with access needs have to come in begging (we cant accomodate as our landlord next door can). The CTS is inadequate.
  • There are no disabled toilet facilities at all. Even a pub who has a disabled toilet has changed the layout so can't actually access the pub now.
  • For health and safety reasons


2021-04-05 13:39:10 +0100

500 signatures reached

2021-03-06 10:21:18 +0000

100 signatures reached

2021-03-03 17:52:41 +0000

50 signatures reached

2021-03-02 12:51:51 +0000

25 signatures reached

2021-03-01 23:55:22 +0000

10 signatures reached