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Temporary public toilets to be removed as usage drops

26 August 2021

Temporary toilet facilities on Twickenham Green and Richmond Riverside are being removed after the bank holiday, after Richmond Council has seen a drop in usage following the easing of Government COVID-19 restrictions. 

The toilets were put in place in the two locations, as well as on Richmond Green, in March to address concerns about public urination raised by local residents after the first national lockdown in 2020.  

Current usage of the toilets on Twickenham Green and Richmond Riverside have dropped by approximately 80% from the peak usage earlier this year. Noticeably, usage dropped once restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs reopened to the public.  

Richmond Council will be removing the two sets of toilets following the Bank Holiday, from Tuesday 31 August. The toilets on Richmond Green will remain in place until the end of September 2021. The Council is currently considering long-term options for Richmond Town Centre.  

Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, Chair of the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Committee said: 

"I am pleased that the temporary toilets have been well used and contributed to a reduction of the antisocial behaviour issues we experienced during the first lockdown. However, we have always been clear that temporary toilets are very expensive, and not a long-term solution. As we head towards autumn and winter, demand for the public toilet provision on Richmond Riverside and Twickenham Green is falling, and businesses have reopened their facilities." 

A number of businesses offer use of their toilets to members of the public, not just customers, as part of the Council’s Community Toilet scheme. Public toilets are also available in many Council buildings and a number of parks across the borough.

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Updated: 26 August 2021