Visitors to Sheffield needn’t worry about getting caught short thanks to a new scheme to improve access to toilets in the city centre.

LAVS – the lavatory and ablution venue scheme – is a community toilet scheme developed by Sheffield’s Business Improvement District (BID). LAVS permits anyone to use the toilets of participating premises whether they are a paying customer or not, providing access to clean, safe toilets in convenient locations.

The BID has worked in partnership with its Levy Payers to remedy an issue that faces many cities across the UK – the lack of public facilities. All the LAVS locations provide male and female toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. One, at the Moor Market, also provides specially-equipped Changing Places toilets for people with more complex disabilities.

Businesses who have signed up to LAVs will display window vinyls to show the scope of facilities available and wayfinding signs have been installed in the city centre.

A handy pocket map has been printed with the location of all the new toilets and will be available from the City Hall Box Office, Arundel Gate main interchange, Millennium Galleries, Ponds Forge and the Tourist Information Centre or download PDF copy here.