By Drain Doctor on 03/06/2016

Over 1,700 public loos have been closed across the UK in the past decade as council budges have been cut. Ten areas have no council-run public loos at all, these include Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales and Wandsworth in London.

Public loos have been on our high streets for more than 150 years. However, there is no legal requirement for local authorities to provide toilets making them an easy target for councils to shut if they can no longer afford the upkeep.  

These closures can be very difficult for those with young children or the disabled - or those who are just 'caught short'.

The Local Government Association says that councils are doing everything they can to keep public toilets open, including running community toilet schemes to enable pubs, restaurants and shops to make their toilets available to the public.

Most of the closed sites have been demolished or left as empty buildings. However, a number have undergone rather extreme makeovers!  


One block in Devon has become a café, another block in London has become an art gallery and another in Clapham, London, which had laid derelict for 40 years has now become a wine bar with the WC standing for wine and charcuterie!  The plus side of this development is the condition which came with the planning permission – if anyone asks to use the wine bar loo, the owners must let them!  A win-win situation!