McCallion calls for public toilet app

Derry City Council should consider developing an app to help people find the nearest public toilet, a local councillor has said.

Sinn Féin Councillor Elisha McCallion made the call during a debate about public toilet provision at the monthly meeting of Derry City Council this week.

The motion, tabled by Colr. McCallion said the geography of the city has changed in recent years but the provision of public toilets has not reflected the changes.

The councillor said the lack of toilets in St Columb’s Park was a particular problem. “As a mother of two young children I have, like so many others, been in the position where my five year-old child announces half way through a walk in St Columb’s Park that he needs to go to the toilet. It is not acceptable that public toilets are not currently available in the park.

“I welcome the fact that the recent refurbishment of the Guildhall included the provision of public toilets but I would imagine many of the general public are not aware of that and tourists will definitely not be aware,” she said.

Colr. McCallion also suggested Council look at developing an app to help people find the nearest public toilet. “I would ask for more signage to direct people to existing facilities. I also think we should consider looking at apps to help visitors find the nearest public toilet. It’s time we modernised how we do business.”