The London Assembly is to revisit the issue of public toilet provision in the capital, four years after an Assembly investigation revealed there was just one public toilet for every 18,000 London residents.
The new report, to be conducted by the Health and Public Services Committee, will look at what has happened since its 2006 report with the goal of identifying what action the Mayor could take to improve provision.
Committee Chair James Cleverly said: “In 2006, we revealed that the capital had lost up to 40 per cent of its public toilets in the preceding five years and warned there was a real quality of life crisis looming for the capital. We know there have been a number of developments since then – such as the Mayor’s ‘Open London’ scheme – but what impact have they had?
“This is not just an issue of inconvenience. It is about people’s dignity and quality of life.”
Public meetings for the previous enquiry saw some of the highest attendance levels for any Assembly investigation to date and Assembly Members will be holding a public meeting early next year as part of its evidence gathering.
The 2006 report, An urgent need: The state of London’s public toilets, is available from the london.gov.uk website.