Residents calling for 'new, free public toilets' to be opened in Sheffield city centre

Sheffield Council has been urged to open new, free public toilets around the city centre.

By Molly Williams, Local Democracy Reporter
Monday, 18th October 2021, 2:01 pm

Alyssa Widdowson launched a petition and said the lack of toilets around Sheffield city centre was putting visitors off.

She said: “There are many individuals that may need to use the toilet more than others and so, due to the lack of toilets around Sheffield, many people feel hesitant visiting the city. Having no toilets around the city is excluding others that may need to use it more. They may feel more anxious and worried about visiting because of the lack of toilets.

“We don’t want that though – we want to be known as an inclusive city. A city that many people are excited to visit and one that people won’t have to worry about because of one of the simplest things – going to the toilet.”

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Former ladies' toilets at the Town Hall.

She started the petition on October 9 and it will run until November 20.

Earlier this month, there was discussion about bringing old toilets outside the Town Hall back into use.

The men’s bathrooms were closed and redeveloped as a bar.

Although the women’s were closed at the same time, they remain largely as they were.

Council officials said they have parts of their old infrastructure in place but would need funding to make them usable again.

Currently, public toilets can be found at the Millennium Galleries, the Moor Market and Orchard Square.

Sheffield Business Improvement District lavatory and ablution venue scheme encourages local businesses to allow members of the public to use their facilities.

Find the petition here