Welwyn Parish Council provides a Community Toilet Scheme with public toilet facilities, in partnership with a local village business: The White Hart (AL6 9EN) at one end of the High Street on the corner with Prospect Place. Community Toilet Schemes are a successful feature of many villages and small towns through to London Boroughs. The Welwyn scheme was the first in Welwyn Hatfield.
This scheme enables a local business to work together with the council to provide cleaner, safer and more accessible toilets in more convenient locations for residents and visitors to the town or village centres, at the same time saving money for residents. Under the scheme, the council and the business sign an agreement to let members of the public use their toilet facilities free of charge during normal opening hours and without the need to make a purchase. Of course, the business would be only too happy if users were to enjoy a drink or a meal, but it isn’t obligatory. A scheme member is currently paid an annual fee by the Council depending on the facilities they provide, such as baby changing facilities.
Any business signing up to the Scheme agrees to maintain their toilets in a clean and hygienic condition, with adequate toilet rolls, soap and hand dryers or hand towels. The Parish Council will undertakes random “spot checks” to ensure required standards are being maintained. The village benefits from well-maintained toilet facilities, properly cleaned and maintained by their providers and offering a welcoming and safe environment.