Government Backs Public Access to Restaurant Loos

By Alan Lodge

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Government Backs Public Access to Restaurant Loos
The Government has given its backing to a scheme whereby restaurants would be paid by their local council to allow the public to use their toilets. The scheme is already in operation in the London Borough of Richmond.

MORE councils could adopt a scheme whereby restaurants and bars are paid to allow the public to use their toilet facilities.

A new report from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) - which has been backed by the Government - says it will release a practical guide this Spring for councils and businesses interested in entering into the Community Toilet Scheme.

The scheme already operates in the London Borough of Richmond, and Lambeth is to adopt to scheme this summer. 

Richmond council pays 70 pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes £600 plus VAT per year to let the public come in off the street to use their toilets.

The DCLG report said: “Community toilet schemes provide an excellent means by which local authorities, working in partnership with local businesses, can transform public access to toilets in their areas.”

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