The urinary leash: how the death of public toilets traps and trammels us all

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The urinary leash: how the death of public toilets traps and trammels us all

Britain has lost an estimated 50% of its public toilets in the past 10 years. This is a problem for everyone, and for some it is so acute that they are either dehydrating before going out or not leaving home at all

An ex-public toilet, now a cafe, in Bloomsbury, London. Photograph: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy

An ex-public toilet, now a cafe, in Bloomsbury, London. Photograph: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy

Emine Saner
@eminesaner

Wed 1 Dec 2021 07.00 EST

Last modified on Wed 1 Dec 2021 08.25 EST

For about an hour and a half before she finishes work and gets the bus home, Jacqui won’t eat or drink anything. Once, while waiting at the bus stop, and suddenly needing the loo, she had to head to the other end of town; the public toilets nearby had closed. She didn’t make it in time. Jacqui, who has multiple sclerosis, which can affect bladder and bowel function, says: “I go everywhere with a spare pair of knickers and a packet of wipes, but it’s not something you want to do if you can help it.”

Jacqui was diagnosed with [...]

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