Monday November 7th 2016

New community toilet scheme

Shops, pubs, restaurants and other organisations are being asked to register their interest in a new community toilet scheme for Sheffield city centre.

There is a public toilet in the city centre at Orchard Square and also one in The Moor Market. Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) is developing a scheme where local businesses work together to provide clean, safe and accessible toilets in convenient locations for residents and visitors.

Local businesses such as department stores, pubs, restaurants, shops and supermarkets would let members of the public use their toilet facilities free of charge during normal opening hours. Several of the premises would also be in a position to offer wheelchair access and baby changing facilities.

Paul Grogan, administration manager at Sheffield BID, said he was keen for businesses to get in touch and register an interest in taking part in the scheme. A final list of sites will then be put together by the BID to ensure access to toilets across the city centre.

He said the plan was that local businesses would sign an agreement to allow the public to use their toilets during normal opening hours and without the need to necessarily make a purchase. In return, scheme members would be paid a small annual fee, depending on the facilities they have available.

Paul said: “It is a long walk from one end of the centre to the other, so it is a long way beween the public toilets! We need services that meet the needs of all our visitors and residents, old and young, and we need them across the city centre.”

He said street signs would be put up giving directions to the nearest business offering the use of their facilities as well as a city centre map and stickers for the doorways of participating businesses.

If you run a business in Sheffield city centre and would like to find out more or register your interest, please email


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