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“I see about 10 Willies a year”: Londoners express concern about the lack of public toilets

"I see about 10 Willies a year": Londoners express concern about the lack of public toilets
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A local resident reportedly noted that people are “fun to use the toilets in shops even more because of the pandemic.”

Tooting residents in London have filed an official complaint for people breaking free in a park amidst an apparent lack of public toilets, Metro reports.

According to the newspaper, the so-called “Friends of Tooting Common” group wrote a letter to the Wandsworth Council calling for the installation of new toilets “to avoid unsanitary and inappropriate use of bushes and wooded areas”, indicating “a problem always more serious than man excrement “in the public space.

They also asked for “clear signage” to direct people to the restrooms.

“I live in Clapham Common and have to see about 10 chills a year with people peeing in trees,” complained one local resident. “Without Portaloos there can be long stretches where there are no toilets and people are having fun using the toilets in stores even more so because of the pandemic.”

As the paper points out, the development comes between loosening lockdown measures and as the weather improves, “more and more people are likely to spend longer periods together,” possibly drinking.

“There is no excuse for people to treat the municipality this way,” said a spokesman for the Wandsworth council. “There are toilets at the bar and we are looking at ways we can increase the supply on the municipality, including the use of temporary Portaloos.”

While many public toilets in Britain were closed during lockdowns imposed during the ongoing pandemic, some of these facilities still remain unavailable, even as restrictive measures are relaxed, the Washington Post notes, adding that this is “the result of structures across the country being run by different councils that make different decisions “.