Public and community toilets

Public toilets

Essential Public Toilet refurbishments at Camden Town & Lincoln’s Inn Fields

The public toilets at  Camden Town and Lincoln’s Inn Fields will be closed from  20 March 2017 for essential refurbishments. These works will improve the standard and durability of the internal features and will see new toilet, washing and drying facilities installed.

The refurbishment works are scheduled to last for 7 weeks, with the facilities due to reopen on Saturday 6 May 2017.

During this time the cycle stand near the entrance of the female toilet block in Camden Town  will be unavailable; alternative parking is available nearby on Parkway, and Camden High Street.

Information posters detailing the closure and where to find alternative toilets nearby will be displayed at each location.

The public toilets at West End Lane, South End Green and Pond square will operate as usual during this time.  

Community toilet scheme 

The retailers and organisations below have joined the scheme to make toilets accessible to both customers and other members of the public during normal opening hours. 

Find all of these publicly available toilets on The Great British Public Toilet Map

Belsize

Hampstead Town

Highgate

Bloomsbury 

Kentish Town

Kilburn

West Hampstead

Regent’s Park

Holborn & Covent Garden

Proprietors reserve the right to refuse admission in exceptional circumstances.

We are still keen to hear from business or community groups interested in being part of the community toilet scheme.

Find out more about joining the community toilet scheme

Changes to public toilet provision in Camden 

In 2016 you commented on our proposed changes to public toilets. Changes are needed in order to reduce the money we spend on public toilets by £260,000 a year. 

We have listened to your feedback and contributions about a new public toilet service for Camden. This could include shared or mobile cleaning crews, ‘pay to use’ options, advertising and sponsorship opportunities. We therefore need a bit more time to procure the new service and so, following this further work with residents and suppliers, we now expect a new public toilet service to be up and running in 2017. 

We have also been working with local shops, cafes and other businesses that want to contribute to the community by allowing the public to use their facilities for free. 

Background information

A single member decision about the next steps and timescales was made on 6 May 2016. The report and a summary of the survey responses is available here.

You can view information about our engagement survey about changes to public toilets in Camden here.

What was the survey about?

To make the £260,000 a year reduction we proposed to:

  • work with local businesses and community organisations to develop community toilet schemes in these three areas
  • work with a new provider to have pay-to-use toilets at Camden Town and Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  • close three toilets, in Pond Square, South End Green and West End Lane (unless a viable and sustainable proposal is agreed as a result of the public engagement exercise).

During January and February 2016 we invited ideas which the Council can explore to avoid toilet closures. Public meetings took place across the borough. Meetings included discussions in small groups on our proposals and your ideas for alternative approaches to achieve a £260,000 saving in this area.


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