From The Evening Standard:
Spending on public toilets slashed
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In really dull moments, I've thought about the best way to provide public facilities. You have the council ones, which are with no exceptions, awful, where there are any left. You have the ones you pay a little sum each time. Which seems to be very high transaction costs, even with an exceptionally low paid person standing there taking your 50p. Then you have the billboard-fundied ones, which are free for the council, and usually slightly better maintained, but still prone to being trashed. And you have McDonalds, which have very clean, private facilities, which is fairly easy to use for free, but you may have to buy a cheeseburger with. I've come to the conclusion that strategically placed restaurants, bars etc. should be paid to have publicly available restroom, situated with enough supervision not to be trashed, but not be an intrusion for guests. Perhaps a cut in the rate bill, auctioned off per block or something?
Kj, hooray for McDonald's toilets. I go in, intending to sneakily use them for free, but I am usually so impressed that I buy something anyway.As to "funding public toilets" yes, agreed.
They are really good. They should have kept onion-rings on the menu though, it was the only item I found was appropriately priced for using the bathroom. I just can't eat cheeseburgers on impulse.
Wetherspoon's toilets come in handy in most town centres - and win awards too.
Apparently this is the future of public toilets. Ridiculous, no privacy at all.
Better than nothing and beats crapping in a corner down a dark alley, but I can't see women using them except in extremis. I wonder what they do for paper.
B: I'm thoroughly unimpressed. It's 2012, we should expect more than that. Comfortable lighting, enclosed walls and clean facilities ought to be the minimum. Cloth towels optional.
Kj, I'm not overly impressed either, but the alternative, all to often, is nothing.
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