Businesses selling takeaway food and drink should open their toilets

Community Toilets 200619

– says Richmond Council.

Pubs and cafés across the borough are being encouraged to open their toilets if they are serving takeaway food and drink, and toilets in parks are to be reopened, in a bid to curb antisocial behaviour.

With good weather bringing more people into our parks and open spaces, and a rise in the number of businesses selling takeaway beverages, there has been an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour including public urination, noise and littering.

The Council has been working in partnership with the local Police to try and minimise the impacts of off-sales and street drinking. This includes working with businesses in hot spot areas to ensure that they are complying with the current business restrictions and acting responsibly when it comes to making sure that their customer toilets are open. Officers have also been investigating any public complaints about businesses and will enforce if necessary.

The Council will also be reopening its toilets in local parks. Users of these toilets are reminded that whilst they are cleaned regularly, they are used at the individual’s own risk. Signage regarding hygiene and social distancing will be displayed in all toilets.