The Demise of Public Toilets

many thing have led to the closure of public toilets :
but i’d say these four factors are mainly to blame :

Cottaging
Drug taking
Vandalism
Cost

It would be nice if they gay community took their share of responsibility, and stood up against cottaging in attempt to protect public toilets from closure, as theyre diminishing the civility of our culture, with their past time of getting their jollys in public toilets, hetrosexual or gay, this behaviour is unacceptable in public toilets. Online sites like “squirt” arent helping this issue with electronically promoting toilets as places for sex. Though cash strapped organisations I reckon are often using cottaging as an excuse for closure, none the less cottaging allows them this opportunity to close. Or as often found also, closing public toilets beyond 10:30 at night, very irritating on train platforms that is.

How we stop the drug taking and vandalism I dont know but CCTV at the entrance to toilets could at least identify drug users and vandals for evidence purposes who were habitually using toilets as a place to get their fix, hang out and damage, for criminal prosecution purposes.

Once these three factors have been dealt with then hopefully the fourth, cost … will be the only arguable reason for closing and that at least means we can argue sensibly over the closure and fight the organisations concerned without having to contend with the three other points.

Public toilets are a sign of a civilised society and we should fight to protect and preserve them, considering how many we have lost already.

here are some links about toilet closure

cottaging causes closure :

paper on toilet provision with societys

norfolk public toilets

gay perspective on the issue:

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