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Like many organisations operating in the public sector, The Royal Parks has faced some substantial and very challenging cuts to the money it receives from central Government. This has left us with some tough choices about how we spend our limited resources.

It currently costs us around £1.5m a year to operate 27 toilet blocks across the Royal Parks. This equates to around one tenth of our entire grant from central Government.

Unfortunately this level of subsidy is no longer possible and we are faced with a choice of either closing toilet blocks or introducing a modest charge for their use.

We have a high standard of toilets and no desire to see them close, so we have taken a decision to introduce a 20 pence charge for their use.

Importantly, accessible toilets (used by people with disabilities) and children's toilets in playgrounds will still be free to access. Baby changing facilities are widely available within accessible toilets at no charge. Accessible toilets can be accessed using a radar key or through the attendant. There will be no charging at toilets in park cafes as they are not included in these plans.

Charges will be introduced across the Royal Parks from February to March 2015. We will give as much notice as possible before charging begins by putting notices on toilet blocks and park notice boards and writing to park friends groups and other stakeholders.

We would prefer to keep the toilets open and free of charge but unfortunately this is not possible.  Government funding for The Royal Parks has been reduced by more than a third in real terms since 2010/11, so we must think very carefully about how we spend our limited resources. We think the 20 pence charge is a relatively modest compromise and compares well with other toilet facilities in London. 

List of toilets

Park Toilets where charging will be introduced:

1

Greenwich – Lower Ave

2

Greenwich – Rockery (Blackheath Gate)

3

Hyde – Bandstand

4

Hyde – Reservoir

5

Kensington Gardens – Marlborough Gate

6

Kensington Gardens – Mount Gate

7

Regent's Park – Primrose Hill Adults

8

Regent's Park – Boat House (also known as Hanover Gate Adult toilets)

9

Regent's Park – Chester Road

10

Regent's Park – Queen Mary's Gardens

11

Richmond Park – Kingston Gate

12

Richmond Park – Ham Gate

13

Richmond Park – Richmond Gate

14

Richmond Park – Robin Hood

15

Richmond Park – Sheen Gate

16

St James's Park – Horse Guards

17

St James's Park – Marlborough Gate

 Plus 18

Victoria Tower Gardens – when opened in 2015

 

Park Toilets where charging will not be introduced

Reason why no charging

1

Bushy Park - Playground

Playground

2

Greenwich Park - Playground

Playground

3

Kensington Gardens – Diana Playground

Playground

Part of block 7 above

Regent's Park – Primrose Hill  Playground

Playground

4

Regent's Park – Gloucester Gate Playground

Playground

5

Regent's Park – Hanover Gate Playground

Playground

6

Regent's Park – Marylebone Green Playground

Playground

7a

Richmond Park – Isabella Plantation 1 (top of wood)

Remote location in woodland

7b

Richmond Park – Isabella Plantation 2 (bottom of wood, just built)

Remote location in woodland

8

Richmond Park – Petersham Playground

Playground

9

Richmond Park – Roehampton Gate

Temporary toilets/portacabins

10

St James's Park - Playground

Playground

Total Number of Blocks 17+10 = 27

Catering and Visitor Centre Toilets Outside of the contract

1

Bushy Park – Welcome Centre

2

Richmond Park – Pembroke Lodge

3

Hyde Park – Serpentine Bar and Kitchen

4

Hyde Park – Lido toilets

5

Hyde Park – Tennis Pavilion

6

Regent's Park  – The Hub (including public toilets within the entrance)

7

Regent's Park – Garden Cafe

8

St James's Park – Inn the Park

9

Greenwich Park – Cow and Coffee Bean

10

Greenwich Park – Pavilion Cafe



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