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Camden residents divided as some say mixed public toilets are ‘utter madness’

A set of public toilets are the latest topic of debate in Camden, with the switch to unisex described as ‘utter madness’ by some.

The toilets, situated on Parkway just off the high street, normally have separate sets for ‘ladies’ and ‘gents’ on either side of the road.

A sign at the front of the stairwell for what would normally be the ‘ladies’ cubicles now reads ‘ladies and gents’.

The ‘gents’ toilets on the other side are closed.

It is unclear when this change was made – one resident said it has been like this for “some time”.

The change has sparked a heated discussion in an online argument on Tuesday (May 4), and for a number of different reasons.

Posting on Facebook, Lorraine Ashard described it as “utter madness”.

Speaking to MyLondon, she said: “This particular toilet is not the safest place at the best of times”.

“It’s largely unstaffed. It is dimly lit, and is regularly used by addicts and dealers.”

“I believe it is only a matter of time because there is a serious incident as a result of this.

“It is simply inviting trouble. It’s senseless, ill-thought out and Camden should be prepared to be held accountable should someone suffer an assault.”

‘Equality and respect’

This set of toilets would normally be designated for just ‘ladies’

Another resident also said that “it’s not safe for women anymore”.

Meanwhile, some others shared a different perspective on the issue.

One resident believed having such toilets was about “equality between men and women”, as well as to “guarantee respect for non-binary people”.

Another said they did not “understand the rage” adding that they believed most bathrooms are unisex now.

One commented: “Put it this way, if a guy is going to attack someone, they aren’t going to care for the sign about what toilet it is.

“Having mixed bathrooms doesn’t and has proven not to make this issue of being attacked in bathrooms worse.

“However not having mixed bathrooms has lead to people who are LGBT being attacked, whereas mixed bathrooms has lead to a decline in hate crimes against the LGBT community.”

One resident added that “a sign saying ‘ladies’ is not going to stop a predator”.

MyLondon contacted Camden Council for comment and we await a response.

Camden residents divided as some say mixed public toilets are 'utter madness'

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