Following an announcement last October, The Royal Parks has confirmed that a 20p charge to use most of its toilets will commence from 23 March 2015.
The introduction of this charge will prevent closures and help fund the £1.5 million cleaning and maintenance bill.
While many toilets will be chargeable, accessible toilets, most of which have baby changing facilities, and children's toilets in playgrounds, will remain free. People with disabilities will be able to enter accessible toilets using a Radar key. To obtain a key visit the Disability Rights UK website.
There will be no charging at toilets in park cafes as they are not included in the plan.
Work is now underway to install new equipment, and signage has been put up informing the public about when the new charge will begin.
Change machines will be installed at all high footfall toilets, but some remote or low footfall toilets may only have a coin operated door entry mechanism. Each of the parks will have static or mobile attendants during opening hours, so toilets will be visited, checked and cleaned regularly throughout each day. Attendants will be contactable by mobile phone and will allow free entry to people with particular needs or medical conditions.
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