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Old 5th Jan 2021, 21:04
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not so public conveniences

Over the last ten years or so our local council(s) have seen fit to close all of the public conveniences from town and villages alike. The provision of facilities has been put onto selected local businesses who presumably are being paid to allow the public to pop in and use as required. This has been OK ish, in that when the businesses are open the facilities have been kept clean and stocked up with soap and towels etc but therein lies the problem, the businesses often do not operate the sort of hours that the old public conveniences were open for. Not always a problem though as the shops, libraries and offices close in the early evening just as the pubs start to open ......... until now. Covid 19 has seen to it that there are almost no public loos open, anywhere, around here. When you take that situation and note that there is an explosion in the number folk out walking and the bushes are pretty short of leaves it is tricky finding anywhere to point percy without making a public spectacle of ones self. It is even trickier for Mrs Rans6.

Is it the same every where or are there places where the Public loos remain open for the needs of the public? Of course, they may have been closed to stop people using them from passing Covid around!!!! So much for the "wash your hands often" instruction.

Rans6.....
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 21:23
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When we WERE allowed to travel, but the loos were closed or a possible health hazard, I bought a portaloo for FType, who is rather unsteady nowadays. A bath towel rigged between open passenger side doors gives some privacy.
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 21:51
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In my experience the greater US of A was never over populated with public places, and when regularly flying there I had a personal mental map of various hotels layouts that one could use by steadfastly walking through the lobby as if a returning guest, Larger stores were useful, too.
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 22:28
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For several years suffered with prostate problem. One soon learned a keen sense of where the nearest was and how often one could use it without drawing attention.
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 23:11
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Rans,have you thought about obtaining a RADAR key ? Gives you access to all toilets for the disabled (as opposed to "disabled toilets"- what use are they ?)I see they can be bought on-line for less than 2.
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 23:22
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Ex82, at first glance a very good idea.
However, although the RADAR key scheme is meant to allow 24hr access to toilets so fitted, this does not always work out in practice. We have a RADAR key for my son, and more and more (even before COVID-19) we have found that local authorities were adding normal locks in parallel with the RADAR lock, or even leaving the RADAR lock equipped facility behind a padlocked outer grille.
The scheme is great when it works , but sadly cannot be relied upon.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 00:12
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My walking friend was very distressed in the early summer. She bought a house down here to be near the sea. It's near enough to flight plan ahead, but the entire Walton and Frinton beach and proms smelled like a sewer. I can not believe they think it's okay to shut lavatories, but it's true that most folk would not want the job of cleaning them during Covid.

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Old 6th Jan 2021, 08:19
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Cpt Pugwash,if that is the case,then the term "diasbled toilets" is most apposite ! Can't say I've noticed the phenomenon you mention locally ,but for many years,the few remaining 'standard' facilities have been locked at 5 or 6 PM,suppose one's bodily functions are expected to take a rest after that time.

LR,when I first moved here a little over 30 years ago,there was a rather quaint 'cottage style'public convenience,with a door for gent's,one for ladies,and between them a door for the cleaner,whose living accommodation was above..Wasn't long however,before the facilities were closed,and the whole building became residential.Not too much later ,at least another two public conveniences were closed and demolished,leaving,as far as I am aware,just two available in the whole town.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 09:05
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Be careful of using the term “cottage” when discussing public toilets, it has other connotations. There are apps available which give the location of the nearest public toilets based on your location. Flying magazines often have advertisements for emergency toilets for those who feel the urge whilst in flight in an aircraft not suitably equipped.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 13:30
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I would have to confirm with Mrs. Martian, who works for the local authority, but I believe that public conveniences are not a statutory service. Therefore, when faced with allocating a budget, the local council has to stock to those things it is by law obliged to provide first, and then see what's left over. If you're lucky it will be a public lav. If not, too bad.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 13:49
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Originally Posted by ExSp33db1rd View Post
In my experience the greater US of A was never over populated with public places, and when regularly flying there I had a personal mental map of various hotels layouts that one could use by steadfastly walking through the lobby as if a returning guest, Larger stores were useful, too.

Head for the meeting rooms down the hall or up the escalators. Usually very quiet except at break time
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 13:55
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Being out and about for much of the time for work I often (more often as I get older!) have the requirement to use toilets. In the "good old days" pre-covid when pubs were open I never found a problem using their facilities, but ask at the bar each and every time before using them. I do this because if you ask to use then facilities, only the most churlish are going to refuse; if on the other hand you waltz in and just use them I pretty sure there are many more pub managers that would take exception. Life is rather more difficult now, but usually there's a supermarket in reach, and failing that, there's always a hedge!

I have never, in my 6 years in this job, ever used a "public convenience", and as the first post here alludes to, I probably couldn't find a single on in the local area without googling.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 14:03
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There is (or was) a pub in The Lanes in Brighton which used to hand customers a key to the toilets as they were fed up with the number of non-customers breezing in without so much as a by-your-leave...

I once nipped into the facilities at the Weatherspoon's by Bromley South Station between getting off a train and boarding a bus without troubling the bar staff - but I'd had breakfast in there 12 hours earlier so still considered myself a customer! Could never have made it back to Croydon without pumping ship, why I hadn't needed to on the train back from wherever I'd been boozing (Margate I think) I've no idea...
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 20:23
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In Aberdeen just to the south of the bridge over the River Don there is a large public convenience. This was built in the days when the trams stopped at the bridge and Aberdonians would take a day out either along the river to the sea or stroll around Seaton Park. When a road was laid along the coast up to the bridge there was even a lay-bye for any motorists caught short.

It closed about eighteen years ago.

The River Don at the bridge is tidal and at low tide the water is very shallow. Shallow enough to see a six inch steel pipe coming directly from the conveniences and stopping in the middle of the river.

Must be some regulation or other.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 22:15
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This is about as basic as it gets with public conveniences, there doesn’t even appear to be a drain connection.



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Old 6th Jan 2021, 22:30
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 01:01
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In Frinton we've got a $1,000,000 toilet built over the old underground pair. It's at the Bond Street of Essex, Connaught Avenue, on a long greensward. Nice it is, 20p to get in, but when in, nice music and very clean. Well, that's how it started, not sure now. However, I always carry several 20's with me for distressed folk. Down the bottom of the greensward, there's a thatched cottage type loo. Pretty little building.

On telly, some years ago, there was a bit about two nice ladies that looked after some local toilets. They put up curtains and bought their own Brasso. It was very homely. So the council shut it.
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 03:54
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Typical.

For a couple of years I had a twice monthly commute of about 500Kms for meetings I needed to attend. An hour from home there was a tourist information stop with Loos. Eventually the facilities were pretty well overwhelmed so they put up some of the trailer type to supplement.. A twenty or thirty footer with men's in one end and ladies' in the other.

The next set were off the highway, well off. A detour over a bridge and down a snowy lane that didn't get plowed and were just a concrete shed to boot.

It so worked out that at exactly one hour from home I always desperately needed to go and the nice tourist information centre, a great big log cabin with, in the Summer, a sandwich kiosk outside run by just the finest lady was the only place either way within half an hour.

So the government closed it.
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 09:54
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So the government closed it.
Government or local government.?
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 10:34
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Can recommend the toilets at the terminal 21 shopping centre Bangkok.
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Thai or Japanese I suppose. But free.
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