Marrickville Council’s Public Toilets Strategy should not impose prison style toilets
12 November 2015
Toilet BowlsToilet bowls shall be stainless steel and integrated with aconcealed cistern. New stainless steel bowls are not to haveseats or lids. New stainless bowl design shall be contouredlike a typical toilet seat for public comfort. Where ceramicbowls are existing, retain bowl and seat until vandalised or upfor renewal and replace with a new stainless steel bowl at thistime. Where existing stainless steel bowls are in use without acontoured seat, review maintenance and vandalism history todetermine whether a seat and lid is appropriate.Toilet Seat and LidsToilet seats and lids are not required on new stainless steelbowls. New bowls shall be contoured like a typical seat forpublic comfort. Any existing stainless steel bowls that are notcontoured, where seats and lids are being considered, theoutcome should be reviewed on a case by case basis andconsider maintenance and vandalism history.
“Public toilets are crucial community infrastructure and the overall strategy is a good one, however, I am very concern it takes us in a wrong direction with the toilet types,” said Greens Councillor Max Phillips.
“If a toilet is utterly utilitarian from the outset, then people will treat it as such with the result being a disgusting toilet in a short period of time. If we create toilets that are more akin to what you’d find in a private bathroom, then people will treat it with more respect.