British Toilet Association: About the BTA
The British Toilet Association was launched at the May 1999 Public Toilet Seminar and commenced activities/trading in June.
The BTA took over the role of All Mod Cons, founded in 1985 by Susan Cunningham and managed latterly by Ray Fowler, both of whom were original Directors of BTA Ltd, along with Managing Director, Richard Chisnell.
Why do we need more and better toilets?
There are an increasing number of specialist user groups, whose lives are affected by the state of Britain’s public toilets. These include people with mental or physical disabilities and their carers; the infirm or elderly; people with babies or young children and people of all ages who are coping with a range of medical conditions.
- Britain’s population has an increasingly significant ‘ageing’ profile
- Residents travel more within the country, and the number of visitors to Britain increases each year, placing added pressure on our existing toilet facilities
- Public health and hygiene, as well as environmental issues, are constantly in the news, with increasing media interest in all matters relating to public toilets
- Public toilets are the ‘shop window’ for any area or establishment - where first and lasting impressions of levels of customer care are made
What are the British Toilet Association's Objectives?
The objectives of the British Toilet Association listed below will be achieved through it's campaign activities which will be determined largely by the amount of income generated through membership subscriptions. The more Members willing to help fund the public toilet campaign, particularly Local Authority and Commercial company members, the greater the opportunities for the Association to influence standards and respond to members’ needs.
- To focus attention on issues relating to the provision of public or ‘away from home’ toilets
- To campaign for appropriate legislation relating to the provision of public toilets by Local Authorities
- To campaign for high standards of public or ‘away from home’ toilets in all areas, including municipal locations, health, education, transport, leisure, hospitality and retail establishments
- To campaign for the provision of an adequate number of facilities for women, in relation to the number of facilities provided for men.
- To campaign for adequate facilities for specialist user groups, such as wheelchair users, the elderly, babies and young children and people with medical conditions.
- To campaign for the provision of secure, fully attended public toilet facilities, with extended opening hours.
- To campaign for the eradication of all types of social misuse and vandalism in public toilets.
- To provide a forum for public toilet providers, contractors, suppliers and users to share concerns and ideas and communicate best practices.
- To provide consultancy and information services to Association members on a range of relevant subjects.
- To establish links with similar Toilet Associations in other countries