Re-open market street toilets, campaigners plead

Former London Assembly member: 'If this had happened at St Christopher’s Place WC, it would be sorted'

Friday, 17th February 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Murad Qureshi

Former London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for public toilets in a busy market street to be re-opened.

The toilets in Church Street, Lisson Grove, were shut a year ago by Westminster Council after claims of drug use and prostitution.

Landlady of the Traders Inn, Treasa Sweeney, said they have had to deal with more people who are not customers coming in to use the pub toilets since the closure.

She said: “I’m not very fond of having locks on my toilet doors, but I have to now. I don’t want the customers who want to use them suffering from that.” A petition calling for the reopening said: “It is an indispensable part of the market for local people, visitors and market traders.”

Former London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi, who lives in the area, said: “If this had happened at St Christopher’s Place WC, its closure wouldn’t have been tolerated for this long and would have been sorted straight away.”e

Corporate service councillor Tim Mitchell said the Church Street toilets have been closed since the end of 2015 “due to an escalation in anti-social behaviour, drug using and prostitution centred around the toilets. In the meantime, an access code has been supplied to market traders for the continued use of the disabled toilet.”

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