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31 March 2017

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Feeling flush? Businesses in Enfield wanting to earn some extra cash and looking to serve their community are being encouraged to open up their toilet facilities to passers-by. 


- Businesses encouraged to join Enfield's Community Toilet Scheme
- An annual payment and free advertising is available to members
- The scheme serves the community in a simple, effective manner
 
Feeling flush? Businesses in Enfield wanting to earn some extra cash and looking to serve their community are being encouraged to open up their toilet facilities to passers-by. 
 
The Community Toilet Scheme enables local businesses, such as pubs and restaurants, to work together with Enfield Council to make more clean, safe and accessible toilets available to the public regardless of whether or not users are customers.
 
The beauty of the scheme is that local businesses provide an indispensable service which is directly linked to an increase in customers and better trade for participants.
 
Businesses that sign up will be paid an annual fee, from £500 to £800, dependent on the facilities being provided. Directional signage and window stickers will give information to the public and a dedicated area of Enfield Council's website lists details of participating members, which is great publicity for all involved.
 
Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "This is such a positive scheme that has so many far-reaching, positive benefits. Businesses can help their community and at the same time boost their customer base at no expense.
 
“Participation in the Community Toilet Scheme creates a positive image of your business, plus you can earn an annual payment to help towards costs. We would welcome new members to the Community Toilets Scheme."
 
The Community Toilets Scheme idea was initiated in 2008 following pressure from Monty Meth, the President of Enfield's Over 50s Forum.

He commented: “The scheme has proven to be of great help to people who get ‘caught short’, especially mums with young children. It also helps the participating businesses who not only earn a tidy fee for providing this service, but also tell me it has attracted more customers. This is what matters in these tough times. I’d like to see more businesses getting involved, particularly restaurants and cafes, who already have the facilities. It would be good for them and good for their potential customers."
 
There are already 28 members across the Borough participating in the scheme. However, more members are needed in areas such as Bowes Road, N11 and some parts of Edmonton.
 
To find your local restroom, a map can be found at https://new.enfield.gov.uk/in-my-area/?postcode=&layer=12. If you are looking for a loo, there is a free Toilet Finder app which can help users find the best publicly accessible toilets. Enfield's community toilet scheme members have been uploaded. The simple to use app can be found at www.ToiletFinder.org/locations. More information on the scheme can be found on Enfield Council's website https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/leisure-and-culture/leisure/community-toilet-scheme/.