Following community planning discussions with the Lisburn and Castlereagh Pensioners’ Parliament, the council has decided to pilot a community toilet scheme across its area. This will increase the availability of free toilet facilities to the public.
The public will be able to locate a community toilet via a window sticker and advertising on social media/council website.
Local businesses can sign this scheme up and in doing so they agree to let members of the public use their toilet facilities, with no obligation to purchase anything, in order to access them. This is an annual membership and the council will pay each participating business a fixed rate to cover provisions and to ensure they are well maintained. A Community Toilet Scheme is not designed to replace the existing network of public toilets but to increase availability of free toilet facilities for the public.
The council would operate the scheme with businesses signing an agreement and ensuring they kept their facilities free for the public with no obligation to make any purchase. In return for ensuring their facilities are maintained to a suitable standard, and kept free for use, the business would receive a payment every 12 months from the council based on the level of facilities available for use within their premises.
The fixed rate paid to participating businesses will be dependent on the level of facilities available for use within their premises. The council’s Environmental Health service will conduct unannounced quarterly inspections.
If you are interested in becoming members of the scheme, contact the Health & Wellbeing Unit in Environmental Health or complete this application form on the link below.
Local participating businesses are:
- Smyth Patterson, Market Square, Lisburn
- The Daily Apron, Market Square, Lisburn
- Excite Display, Lissue Industrial Estate, Lisburn
- The Baked Potato, Knockmore Drive, Lisburn
- Laganview Enterprise Centre, Drumbeg Drive, Lisburn
- The Highway Inn, Hillhall Road, Lisburn