It’s a delicate subject that affects each and every one of us. When you’re out and about and suddenly feel the ‘need ‘To go’, exactly where can you go ‘To go’?
Supermarkets have toilet facilities, but what if you’re miles from one? How about a public loo?
Possibly not. According to the Royal Society for Public Health, councils in Wales and England have closed more than 700 public toilets since 2010.
The RSPH found out that some people who require liquid medication every day are reluctant to take it before they embark on a long car or coach journey, in case they’re caught short. Failure to take their medication can affect their health.
The RSPH believe public toilets aren’t a luxury and should be regarded as essential parts of the community like street lights and pavements.
The lack of places ‘To go’ doesn’t just affect people with weak bladders or similar medical conditions. Life is being made difficult for young children; women who are expecting; and people who work outside for a living.
At a time when we’re told to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water every day – apart from our usual intake of teas and coffees – many people are reluctant to venture out in case they suddenly need a loo.
A spokesman for the British Toilet Association – no I didn’t know they existed, either – explained that many people have been in touch with them to confess they feel like prisoners in their own homes, spending less time out and about.
The knock-on effect is they don’t exercise and over time they’ll become obese, adding more patients to the already over-stretched NHS. A definite lack of joined-up thinking.
So here’s an idea . . .
Let councils re-open their closed-down, tastefully-tiled Victorian toilets, re-install attendants in their peaked caps and crisply-ironed brown overalls to keep an eye on things and charge customers 30 pence entrance fee.
The annual revenue earned would pay for the upkeep. Any other problems you need solving?