We ask Birmingham: Are there enough public toilets in the city centre?
There are lots of new developments in Birmingham city centre - but should more public toilets be included in the planning? We ask local people about their views on the facilties available in the city centre
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Often nature comes calling at the most inopportune times, and when you’ve got to go - you’ve got to go. There’s nothing worse than not having a toilet around when you’re desperate in public - so we ask Brummies are there enough public toilets in Birmingham city centre?
Sophie says: “I can’t lie, I just kind of go anywhere… well not literally anywhere!” Jasmine says: “Yeah, I just go into a restaurant. I don’t really have shame going into a restaurant. In terms of public toilets, are there any other than in the Bullring or the train station in Grand Central? There’s none around here, for example?
“I don’t I don’t know any. You know, I worked in the city centre. So that was quite good. I would just go to work or something. But other than that, I don’t know if - unless you’re paying. In the coach station, you have to pay to actually get in which I think is just crazy. But in terms of actual public toilets, I have absolutely no idea where any are, to be honest. They need more!”
Darren says: “Gosh, I’ve never been asked that question before! But yeah, I don’t think there’s such thing as public toilets anymore. And so you always, you know, you would go to Costa or Starbucks or somewhere, you know, buy yourself a quick coffee, and then and then go there.”
Joe says: “I’m probably a bit of a McDonald’s man myself when it comes to it. Because it’s just generally kind of reliable, easy to get to. But yeah, there definitely have been times you think, I’m not really sure where the nearest facilities would be a week. It would be great, I appreciate there’s a cost to that, obviously, and that’s got to be balanced out. But I think that there could be a few more personally.”
Here is where you will find public toilets in Birmingham city centre:
- Bullring and Grand Central
- The ICC
- Birmingham New Street
- Digbeth Coach Station
- The Cube
- The Mailbox
- Primark, Birmingham New Street
- Library of Birmingham
If you are looking for a toilet, there are several maps and apps like Pee Place, The Great British Map and Toilet Finder that can take you to a temple of relief. According to Pee Place, there are 29 toilets open to the public in the city centre - ranging from the train stations to Brindleyplace and other areas.