toilets in public places

Edinburgh is a capital city with hundreds of thousands of visitors in normal years. Every year, local people and visitors are amazed because there are no public toilets in the Meadows. Yes, the East toilets are now open, but they need refurbishment and will presumable close again for that.

Our main parks need accessible toilets, which are regularly supervised and cleaned. This would bring us in line with other capital cities in Europe, and the UK. Maintaining parks means providing basic facilities for park users, and making it possible for people of all ages and levels of mobility to enjoy them.


Why the contribution is important

This idea is not new, it was first developed by the Victorians. For them, public toilets were an essential in the fight against disease and infection. This fight continutes today, and the recent decision to close public toilets in green spaces has been disastrous.

by SarahTly on August 12, 2020 at 04:39PM

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  • Posted by Sselbie August 15, 2020 at 09:57

    This is a no brainer
  • Posted by CECmaxweld August 18, 2020 at 08:46

    I suppose It could be argued that there are toilets on Middle Meadows Walk (just down from Lauriston Pl). However I think it could rightly be said that the Meadows is huge, and ideally no one should be more than 5 mins walk from toilets no matter where they are. I appreciate building new toilets is very costly and Council may not have spare funding for that, or the upkeep of them. However, surely a possible option is to place a 'temporary/movable- i cant think of the correct name) at the west end near the Links.
    Appearance- there are numerous 'posh'/easy on the eye versions, so it doesnt need to be an eyesore. See Stockholms examples
    Cost- they can be pay as you go. This completely negates one of the main obstacles
    Cleaning- so if the cost of the cleaning is covered, then I am sure the Council can handle another addition to the cleaning rota etc that already exists for elsewhere.
    Vandalism etc- the 'posh' versions allow the hours of operation to be set, so it could eg only be available 9-9 every day
    Vandalism etc- placed near the Links/Tollcross end, it can be near enough the main road to always have people frequently passing.
  • Posted by CECmaxweld August 18, 2020 at 08:50

    Another/additional option. How about the Council creates and runs a scheme whereby shops make their toilets available. However there is a 1-size fits all standard charge that every user must pay- say 50p. This gives another option for places where more proper public toilets arent available. The shops could have some sort of window sign- a green board means toilets are open for non-shop/cafe users to use. Red = not today. Means shop/cafe owners can control when they do/dont want non-actual customers using their facilitiesif eg the cafe is already very busy.
    Not a solution that will have the capacity to solve all the problems, but every little helps....?
  • Posted by Voiceofreason August 19, 2020 at 21:14

    More public toilets would be an excellent idea - it's such a pity that the Council squanders £20,000 per day in loan interest payments on the half toy tram set loan meaning that there's precious little cash left for anything apart from virtue signalling costly "temporary" nonsense like "covid" cycle lanes.
  • Posted by ohpilip1 September 06, 2020 at 19:48

    The lack of public toilets in green spaces means that visiting them is in effect barred to people who don't have optimum bladder capacity. This means that those most in need are in practice denied a healthy activity so compounding their problems.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 07, 2020 at 10:23

    Let us not forget that in the year leading up to March 2020, the council spent its time closing public toilets to save money that it immediately poured into the vanity project funding black hole, in a vain attempt to balance the books.

    Sure, we could have temporary toilets all over the place but only if they are cost neutral - perhaps fully funded by sponsorship.

    In the same way that the "active travel" bicycle scheme is, in a gesture of pure irony, funded by Just Eat, perhaps one of the breweries would like to take up the reins.
  • Posted by RuthN September 23, 2020 at 14:47

    As an older respondent, toilets in the city are a necessity not a nice-to-have.
  • Posted by Tootes September 23, 2020 at 20:52

    For those with all sorts of disability, visible and not visible, toilets are a necessity not a luxury. To meet inclusiveness, then you need public toilets in public places, to include all members of society. Currently the lack of public toilets excludes those with disability from participating in normal society. Reduces their ability to exercise, and has a negative effect on both physical and mental health. The current Covid restrictions on public toilets is a complete nightmare on those that need access to toilets, it shuts many people out of society in extremely challenging times.
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