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Public loos are a question of public health

25 November, 2021

‘It isn’t cheap to run a public toilet. But that’s not the point’

• FRIDAY November 19 was World Toilet Day and we were out campaigning for a staffed public toilet on Kilburn High Road as we’ve been doing for 15 years.

This is a major town centre but our high road has only limited facilities as part of Camden’s community toilet scheme which has no signage. Everyone we spoke to agreed with our demands and said something should be done.

This lack of toilets is not just an issue for older people. Visitors with disabilities and shoppers with children stay away. Local residents report high levels of fouling. Everyone has to pile into McDonald’s.

The situation should not continue. It isn’t cheap to run a public toilet. But that’s not the point. This is a matter of public and environmental health.

Brent and Camden share responsibility and the Greater London Authority, which is calling for better facilities across the capital, must bring everyone together – public bodies with business and community representatives – to come up with a good solution.

Let’s make Kilburn High Road a place to be proud of!

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