New Community Toilet Scheme guide launched.: CTS

11 Sep 2019

New Community Toilet Scheme guide launched.

A new guide with details of participating venues in the Community Toilet Scheme across Bristol has been unveiled.

The leaflets were produced in partnership with Bristol Ageing Better (BAB), explaining what the Community Toilet Scheme (CTS) is and listing all the toilets by geographic area. It also includes an at-a-glance key to whether the toilets are accessible.

During September thousands of these leaflets will be distributed to over 100 different venues across the city.

Partner organisations including Bristol Physical Access chain (BPAC), Bristol Older People’s Forum and some of the participating businesses attended a launch event at in City Hall.

The CTS in Bristol is considered as one of the most nationally successful schemes by the British Toilet Association and was launched in January 2018. The initiative was started by working with businesses and community groups as a response to the closure of 18 public toilets. Today, there are over 100 community toilets that are part of the scheme, 85% of which are accessible, and all toilets are open to members of the public without discrimination.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig has championed the scheme from the start. She said: “We are delighted to launch this new guide to help people access the many toilets available as part of the Community Toilet Scheme.

“We were delighted to see that so many businesses, community groups and other organisations come together to support the community toilet scheme and we are continuing to recruit new members to make sure we have no gaps across the city.

“People were concerned when we initially closed the on street public toilets at the end of December 2017, but we were confident we could make this new scheme a success – and thanks to the businesses of Bristol, we have been proved right.

“The scheme continues to go from strength to strength, and I would like to once again thank all the organisations who have opened up their facilities to the public.”

Organisations that have signed up to the scheme include cafes, health centres, pubs, community centres and sports venues.

Alongside this a number of council owned buildings, including City Hall, M Shed, Colston Hall and the Create Centre, have also made their facilities available.

A map of toilets involved can be found on Bristol City Council’s website along with full details of the scheme. The participating organisations have also had their washrooms plotted on the Great British toilet map, which is available on both their website and a smartphone app.

Carly Urbanksi, BAB Head of Programme said, “The Toilet Guide enables people to have more freedom across the city, accessing services and community groups that they wouldn’t have been able to attend previously. We’re viewing the launch event as an opportunity to really shout about the Bristol Toilet Guide and spread awareness of this scheme so that more people can benefit from it and know where to find the relevant information

“We’ve been delighted by the number of businesses that have signed up to the scheme so far and would like to encourage more businesses to consider signing up in the future, it really does have a huge impact and helps to make Bristol a more inclusive and accessible city for everyone to enjoy.”

To sign up for the Community Toilet Scheme or to find out more about what is involved, visit www.bristol.gov.uk/communitytoilets