Toilet Charges in Greenwich Park start in March 2015

"You will be aware that in October last year, The Royal Parks announced it would begin charging members of the public 20p to use most of its toilets this year. The reason behind this was to prevent closures and to help towards the ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the facilities.

I wanted to let you know that this new charge will come into effect from 23 March, 2015.

We are taking a number of steps to ensure the public is aware of the new charges:

  • signage has been displayed in toilet blocks informing users of the start date;
  • information is being posted on The Royal Parks website;
  • we are writing to stakeholders such as The Friends of Greenwich Park;  
  • we have proactively ensured the media has been made aware of the new charge.

It currently costs us £1.5million to operate and maintain our toilets, and we recognise that, in the face of budget cuts, we have to make tough choices about how we use our resources.

Unfortunately, subsidising the toilets at this level 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 would sooner keep the toilets open and free but this simply isn’t possible.

Accessible toilets (available forpeople with disabilities) and those for childrenat playgrounds will still be free. Toilets in park cafesare not included in these plans.

This small charge is a relatively modest compromise, and compares well with other toilet facilities in London.

Dennis Clarke | Head of Park Services "