More public toilets are needed in Glasgow with a lack of suitable provision just now, according to a city councillor.

Holly Bruce, Green councillor for Langside, has put forward a motion calling for a review of public toilets in the city.

The councillor said there are only four council-run toilets in the city and another four in Glasgow’s parks.

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She wants the council to map out where there are toilets that can be used by the public.

She said: “The availability of public toilets is an equality issue, a public health issue and a human right.”

While there are toilets available for use in Glasgow Life facilities like libraries and sports centres she said the public are not aware they can use them.

She called for a “strategic look” at where toilets are, which she believes will have a positive impact on how people are able to enjoy parks and public spaces in the city.

Bruce said: “This could be particularly true for pregnant people, people with children, young people, disabled people and people with underlying health conditions, all of which may require more frequent use of a toilet.”
In her motion she is asking councillors to carry out a review of toilets, their opening hours and their locations in relation to parks and public spaces.”

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She has called for an awareness programme, to improve accessibility for people with mobility problems, and wants to ensure that any charges for using public toilets are removed.

A petition was heard by the council two years ago calling for more and better public toilets but Bruce said “regrettably” no action was taken.

She said: “Access to clean, accessible toilets, which meet the needs of people of all genders and abilities is a basic requirement of health, hygiene and personal safety.

“Access to a toilet is about social inclusion, being part of a community and being able to move around the city barrier free.”