Search

Council told ‘toilet access is a human right’ amid plans for Camden toilet charges

10:00 04 September 2014

Green councillor Sian Berry. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Green councillor Sian Berry. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

Camden’s only Green Party councillor has criticised plans to introduce a charge for the use of public toilets, insisting access to a toilet is a human right.

Highgate councillor Sian Berry said the council’s proposal to levy an entry fee on each of the borough’s public toilets was an “absolutely terrible idea when we have an ageing population”.

The proposal is part of the counci’s efforts to plug a £70million budget gap over the next three years.

Cllr Berry said: “Not being able to go to toilet is pretty much against your human rights. Putting a charge on it has to be a last resort.

“There’s always the question of asking people if they would rather spend a little more on council tax – £1 a month more – rather than 50p every time you want to go to toilet!

“I think there’s got to be a fairer way than penalising people who may have medical problems.”

Camden’s nine council-run public toilets cost £200,000 to maintain annually, the equivalent of one council library.

Camden finance chief Cllr Theo Blackwell said the council faced the choice of either introducing charges or closing public toilets altogether, in order to deal with swingeing government cuts.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

10:00
Jane Blackburn. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

The former manager of a trust set up to preserve the character of Hampstead Garden Suburb has been heralded for her professionalism, having stepped down after 10 years in the job.

Yesterday, 15:00
Jose Dent. Picture: Charlie Hopkinson/Gardens Illustrated.

A popular Hampstead horticulturalist has been remembered for her generosity and kindness.

Yesterday, 12:00
A mock section of the proposed anti-suicide fence at Archway Bridge is erected. Picture: Nigel Sutton

A mock-up section of controversial “prison-like” anti-suicide measures proposed for historic Archway Bridge has shown for the first time how they will look in real life.

Yesterday, 08:00
Susie Gregson, chairman of the society, and Jacqueline Morris, 87, who left the school in 1945, (front centre) with a group of girls  who left in 2010. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Former pupils who attended a top Suburb school between five and 80 years ago returned to mark the 90th anniversary of its alumnae society.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

The lights went off and the cameras came out.

Call it the X Factor, star quality, even ‘something’ but whatever ‘it’ is Ed’s not got it, says the PM.

The Ukip leader doesn’t want to be too scripted for the seven-way televised encounter.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder