Woman squats in public toilet in Bath to protest against closure

Lin Patterson Lin Paterson moved into the toilet with her sleeping bag and supplies on Wednesday

Related Stories

A 67-year-old woman has moved into a public toilet in Bath to protest against its closure by the council.

Lin Patterson, from Larkhall, took up occupation of the toilet in Twerton on Wednesday night and said she intends to stay there for at least three days.

The toilets were due to close on Thursday as part of Bath and North East Somerset Council's plan to save money.

Ms Patterson said local toilets "serve one of our most basic human needs" and closure "hurts the most vulnerable".

In December, the council announced a proposal to sell off or close 13 public toilets in and around Bath.

'Need to mobilise'

The authority, which owns 27 public toilets, said the closures could save £120,000 a year.

But Ms Patterson, who petitioned to another public toilet, in Larkhall, said the cuts were "unnecessary, unreasonable and unwanted".

"It's about the people who really need these toilets - the most vulnerable, elderly, women, children and disabled people," she said.

"Many people in Twerton still do not know our toilets are closing, and we need to know and mobilise."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Somerset

Weather

Taunton

Min. Night 3 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back


  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?


  • A cow wearing sunglasses overlaid with the phrase 'Can't touch this'Cow row

    Thousands rally against the ban on beef in India


  • Dana Lone HillDana Lone Hill

    The Native American names that break Facebook rules


Elsewhere on the BBC

Programmes

  • Former al-Qaeda double agent Aimen DeanHARDtalk Watch

    Islamic State is about revenge says former al-Qaeda member turned spy Aimen Dean

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.