Two new premises in Hertsmere have opened their doors to members of the public who want to spend a penny, without having to fork out for one.
Daisy’s in the Park in Watling Street, Radlett and Starbucks café in Shenley Road, Borehamwood have both joined Hertsmere Borough Council’s Community Toilet Scheme, which means people can use their toilets for free, without having to make a purchase. Stickers advertising their involvement are on the shop windows of all the businesses involved.
Currently 15 businesses across the borough are part of the scheme, which launched 11 years ago and provides an alternative to public and automated loos, that are costly to run and can be targets for vandals.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Transport, said: “I’m delighted that Daisy’s in the Park and Starbucks have joined our scheme, and that members of the public will be able to benefit from facilities in central town locations, free-of-charge.
“This scheme has worked so well for so long because of the strong partnership between us and local businesses. We provide businesses with a small fee to cover their cleaning and maintenance costs, and in return, businesses benefit from greater footfall and increased income.
“We just ask that those members of the public using these facilities are respectful and mindful of leaving the premises as clean and well-kept as they found them.”
Julie Wright, owner of Daisy's in the Park, said: “Daisy’s in the Park is at the heart of the Radlett community, and so it makes sense to be part of this scheme, which is of real benefit to residents and visitors alike.
“We know what it’s like when you’re bursting or have small children who need the toilet, and are struggling to find a public convenience.
“It’s important everyone has a good shopping experience while in Radlett and if Daisy’s in the Park can do our bit to help ensure that happens, we will.”
Local businesses are paid a small annual fee, between £600 and £1000 by the council, to help cover the additional cleaning and maintenance costs. All toilets are inspected regularly by staff to ensure they meet appropriate standards.
Posted on Thursday 6th June 2019