Decision To Close Public Toilets Is A Mistake, Advocates
February 12, 2004
SURREY, ENGLAND--Closing public toilets in Leatherhead and Dorking would be a bad idea, advocates claim, because it would effectively shut out shoppers with disabilities, the Surrey Online reported Thursday.
The issue was debated last week during a strategy meeting of the Mole Valley District Council.
Conservatives on the council had suggested closing the toilets to save money.
Liberals, along with business owners and disability advocates, are pushing to have the toilets remain open.
"The Leatherhead area in particular has a very high number of people with all sorts of disabilities," said Sharon Eliot, vice-chairman of the Delivering Empowerment Partnership Board of Mid-Surrey. "If the toilets were taken away it would almost certainly shorten a lot of people's shopping trips. This could affect trade, because people won't want to stay out for a coffee."
"Closing toilets 'will drive shoppers away'" (Surrey Online)