Cornwall Crowned Public Toilet Capital of the UK

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

An organisation that calls itself the Great British Public Toilet Map (GBPTM) -- described as the UK's largest database of publicly accessible toilets -- has broken down the numbers and dropped a load of fat, juicy, public toilet-related nuggets of wisdom to mark World Toilet Day.

Did you know, for instance, that there are 10,738 publicly accessible toilets in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland)? One for every 17,354 of us. According to the GBPTM, which looked at toilet provision in 381 council areas, 8,955 (83%) are council-run with the rest tucked away inside privately-owned properties.

Of this group of 1,783 loos, 42% sit inside train stations, and 16% are provided by supermarkets, with GBPTM singling out Tesco for particular praise.

It’s not so pleased with Darlington, Flintshire, Melton, North Kesteven, Redditch and South Ribble councils though, which list just four public toilets each. In Flintshire and Bury, the human to council-run public toilet ratio is 70,000+:1. An utter disgrace.

“Although over 400 councils in the UK provide public toilets, they are not legally obliged to do so, meaning that many councils rely on privately owned properties to provide toilets for residents to use,” reads GBPTM’s release.

“The data analysis, supported by the Open Data Institute, draws upon data collected by crowdsourcing, open data and FOI requests. The project, launched in 2014, was created by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art and allows the public to find toilets that meet their specific needs when away from home.”

Coming up smelling of roses is Cornwall council, which tops the leaderboard with 203 publicly accessible toilets. Highland council (191) and the City of London council (108) come up the rear. You can find the GBPTM’s public toilet stats for you local council here.