Why we have a Community Toilet Scheme
About the scheme
The Barnet Community Toilet Scheme (CTS) gives people free access to toilets in selected:
- cafes and restaurants
Toilets in these locations are available during normal opening hours and may include, single-sex, unisex, wheelchair access, baby changing and changing place facilities.
The CTS aims to increase the number of clean, safe and publicly accessible toilets across Barnet’s town centres.
There are 12 CTS member organisations.
Improving town centre accessibility
Through the CTS we are aiming to improve access to toilet facilities across Barnet's 15 town centres.
We aim to sign up locations with baby changing facilities and that are Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant where possible. We'll also aim for access to toilets that cover the morning, afternoon and evenings.
From automated public convenience to community toilets
Toilets previously provided in parks and libraries closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and 7 Automated Public Convenience (APC) toilets located on High Streets, closed and are due to be removed.
These are considered, life expired, and would need replacement at significant cost. The renovation of the APC costs £80,000 each or £560,000 in total.
The Environment Committee took the decision to close the 7 APC’s in 2018, for them not to be replaced and to consider alternative, more cost-effective solutions.
The allocated £35,000 to £37,000 of the annual maintenance and cleaning contract of the 7 APC toilets will be moved to the Community Toilet Scheme budget.
APC facilities no longer in use:
• Ballards Lane, Finchley, outside Finchley Central Station
• Brent Street, Hendon, at junction with Bell Lane
• Cat Hill, East Barnet, at junction with Brookside
• Friern Barnet, junction with Friern Barnet Lane and Friern Barnet Road
• High Road, Whetstone, outside Ivy House
• Watling Avenue, Burnt Oak, outside the library
• Stanhope Road, North Finchley Town Centre, by the car park