A public toilet is not always easy to find and when you do, the chances are that you cannot access the facility unless you pay to enter it.
For many of us this poses a real problem firstly because we are now encouraged to use cards rather than coins and not everyone has a card, and secondly there are still many toilet facilities that require coins which vary drastically in the amount of coinage required.
In principle a card can help in reducing vandalism but for those who don’t have a credit card – and there a lot of people of all ages who don’t, it is a serious barrier which can cause great distress. In one area where toilets are to be accessed by card only, the response from the council is to state that the disabled toilet will remain free with radar key entry!
So, is this the way forward in the 21st century?
Are there other ways to ensure anyone can use a public toilet and no one is left unable to access a loo?
Submitted by: Gill Kemp.