Another revelation from the Conservative Budget Book. They want to close some public loos or cut the hours that they are open, saving £100,000 this year and a further £200,000 next.
Ask any councillor and you will find that public loos are viewed as essential services by many residents. Being caught short when you are out of your house can be worrying and if there is no public loo available then it can be incredibly embarrassing.
If there is no public loo available then many people (particularly older people) are likely to stay at home more.
There is the additional effect on tourism. Tourists need places they can go to the loo. A town without public conveniences is a town that will lose tourist business.