Community Toilet Scheme comes to district

Published Monday 7 October 2019

People will now be able to pop in and use toilet facilities in shops and cafes in the Harborough District as part of a new scheme helping to boost business and increase footfall.

Community toilets scheme cllr jonathan bateman and market manager sairah butt

Harborough District Council is encouraging as many local businesses as possible, such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops to sign up to the new Harborough Community Toilet Scheme.

The Harborough Community Toilet Scheme provides businesses with a valuable opportunity to help the community by opening up their doors to members of the public during normal working hours for free use of clean, safe and accessible toilets.

A total of 10 businesses in Market Harborough and Lutterworth have already signed up to the scheme, but it is hoped that this is extended, with more businesses in the villages signing up to increase the number of toilet facilities available across the district.

Participating local businesses will be provided with a blue sticker to display in their shop window and will be listed on the Council’s website to let visitors and residents know they are taking part in the scheme – hopefully encouraging visits to more retailers and drawing in new customers.

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s environmental services lead, said: “This is a really positive scheme to encourage shoppers to spend more time in the town, and in local shops and cafes, by providing them with the opportunity to use more facilities in various parts of the centre.”

Businesses can sign up to the Harborough Community Toilet Scheme by emailing

Full details of the new scheme are available on the Harborough District Council website at

Pictured: Cllr Jonathan Bateman and Market Manager Sairah Butt signing businesses up at the Harborough Indoor Market