Sheffield city centre businesses offer their toilets for public use

Subway area manager Chris Taylor with Bid manager Diane Jarvis on The Moor.
Subway area manager Chris Taylor with Bid manager Diane Jarvis on The Moor.
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Businesses have pledged to ensure Sheffield city centre visitors are never caught short by offering public access to their toilets.

Seven firms have signed up to the ‘lavatory and ablution venue scheme’ – known as Lavs.

They have agreed to allow anyone to use their toilets, whether they are a customer or not.

There are no council-run public toilets in the city centre, so people usually have to use those in cafes, pubs or restaurants, or at places such as the Millennium Gallery.

The Lavs scheme was set up by Sheffield Business Improvement District, or Bid, which asked its levy payers to offer their toilets for free.

Bid manager Diane Jarvis said: “Whilst residents and those working in the city centre might pop into M&S or Debenhams anyway, we shouldn’t assume that all visitors will immediately know the location of these stores. And people certainly do feel self-conscious using a less-obvious facility if they’re not a paying customer.

The new signs.

The new signs.

“One of the Bid’s key areas of work focuses on making the city centre easier to access. We are delighted businesses were keen to support the initiative and prepared to open up their customer-toilets for the public to use.”

The businesses signed up so far are The Banker’s Draft. M&S, The Graduate, John Lewis, Debenhams, Subway and the Moor Market.

A pocket map with all the new toilets will be available from several public buildings and signs have been put up to point people in the right direction.

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