Londonwide Labour Assembly Member Murad Qureshi AM is to present a petition to the Mayor from disgruntled Notting Hill Gate residents demanding that the abandoned tube station toilets are brought back into use as part of the station refurbishment.
Murad met campaigners to receive the petition – featuring several hundred signatures – at Notting Hill Gate station today. The loos have been out of use for some years, but locals claim that the current improvement works in the station create an ideal opportunity to revamp and reopen them.
The petition will be presented to Mayor Boris Johnson at Mayor’s Question Time on Thursday May 21st. Murad said: "The Mayor has spoken warmly about boroughs taking part in Community Toilet Schemes, where local shops and pubs are encouraged to allow people to use their loos. So clearly he’s taken on board the message that London needs more loos. Yet here Transport for London, which he chairs, have unused toilets on their own premises – he needs to lead by example!"
Local resident John Scott of the Notting Hill Gate Improvement Group who collected signatures for the petition added: "The Victorians invented public conveniences when people were urinating in the streets – now we are closing them down. This is a retrograde step and the public are furious."
Murad added: "Notting Hill Gate is a busy tube station and good quality toilets are vital to quality of life – especially for older people, pregnant women and parents with children. The Mayor needs to take positive action and show that he really cares about the needs of Londoners."