British Toilet Association

British Toilet Association

September 08, 2005 06:32 ET

British Toilet Association - MP Backs Toilet Drive

WINCHESTER, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - September. 8, 2005) -

Organisers of the World Toilet Summit which takes place in Belfast's Waterfront Hall later this month can confirm that following a recent meeting with Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, he has added his support to their campaign for improved 'away from home toilet provision' and will be attending the World Toilet Summit.

John Hemming MP is urging the public to ensure their local authority has representation at the Belfast Conference. The theme of the conference is Setting Standards and Satisfying Needs Globally and will deal with a range of issues including Dealing with Crime in Public Toilets, UK School Toilet Provision, Public/Private partnerships in toilet provision as well as reviewing the level of public toilet provision across the United Kingdom.

Welcoming the MP's support Richard Chisnell, Director of the British Toilet Association (BTA) stated, "Following recent positive discussions with John Hemming we are delighted he is backing our campaign and taking up the challenge on our behalf in the House of Commons. At a time when the British Toilet Association has been actively lobbying Government for a legislative approach to help redress the declining level of toilet provision, we welcome Mr Hemming's support and believe his input will be most constructive as we seek to move the issue of public toilets up the political agenda."

The Birmingham Yardley MP has also written to all local government authority Chief Executives asking, 'How many public toilets have been closed to the public since the audit of your provision of public toilets in 1999/2000?' Mr Hemming, in conjunction with the British Toilet Association, is seeking to determine the precise level of reduction in public toilet facilities as this information will be useful in constructing a policy outline at the Belfast Conference to be put to Local Government Minister Phil Woolas MP when he meets a delegation from the BTA on Tuesday 11th October 2005.

Richard Chisnell commented, "I would appeal to local authorities to respond to John Hemming's communication as it is only with this information we can accurately assess the current level of public toilet provision. The BTA wishes to work in partnership with all local authorities in a concerted effort to ensure public toilets throughout our cities, towns and rural areas are of a sufficient standard and widely available to all."

The World Toilet Summit is taking place in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast from 26th to 29th September 2005. Anyone wishing to attend the Summit should visit

Further information:

BTA - Richard Chisnell - 01962 850277
2005 World Toilet Summit - Andrew McIntyre - 02890 664020

Contact Information

  • BTA
    Richard Chisnell
    01962 850277
    2005 World Toilet Summit
    Andrew McIntyre
    02890 664020