William Eichler 30 November 2021

Councils urged to invest in public toilets

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The majority of UK adults want more investment from local councils to ensure that public toilets are clean and safe, a new survey has revealed.

A poll of 2,000 adults, commissioned by specialist hygiene services provider Citron Hygiene, has found that one in three are unhappy about the cleanliness of the public toilets in their nearest town or city

Carried out by OnePoll, the survey found that seven in 10 adults would prefer to buy something from a nearby coffee shop to use the facilities than visit a free public toilet.

The study found that found 76% of UK adults believe a good quality public toilet is something their area can be proud of and 82% want more investment from local councils to ensure their public toilets are clean and safe.

Robert Guice, CEO at Citron Hygiene, said: ‘Washroom hygiene has never been more important, and it is clear many towns and cities across the country need to do more to provide a better public toilet experience.

‘When we are out and about, we shouldn’t dread having to find our nearest facilities, and when we do find one, the state of them shouldn’t make us think twice about using them.’

A freedom of information request by Unison last year discovered that more than a fifth (22%) of public toilets have been closed down since 2010 due to council funding cuts.

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