Public toilets at Crystal Palace Park ‘where doors don’t close’ branded something out of ‘a horror movie’


A regular Crystal Palace Park user is petitioning to get the “unhygienic” toilets renovated and cleaned daily after an experience like something “out of a horror movie”.

Hattie Ocal, who was attracted to move to the area due to the abundance of green space, was “shocked” at the state of the public toilets on a recent trip the park.

She found that none of the cubicle doors shut properly and there were no toilet rolls in some of them.

The former psychotherapist said: “It was like a place from another planet.

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“They were unhygienic, the doors were crumbling and there were no hand sanitisers – especially in this Covid age.”

If these were your local loos you’d be fuming too

Ms Ocal wanted to get out and run a million miles, but desperate for the toilet that she had to use the dejected dunny by using plenty of the available toilet roll.

Ms Ocal would like to see a lot done to the toilets in the park, to make them hospitable for users.

In particular she’d like to see Bromley Council “take responsibility”, and refurbish them.

As well as a breath of fresh air, she wants the toilets to cater to all members of the local community. This would include installing a disabled toilet, and a cubicle where parents can change their babies’ nappies.

Hattie has started petitioning to get Bromley Council to take action on the toilets

“But not just a renovation,” she insisted.

“Maintenance of the toilets too. Daily cleaning is just as important as the renovation.”

Additional toilets in the opposite end of the park would also be good in Hattie’s view.

The size of Crystal Palace Park means that if you need to use the loo, and you’re at the other end of the park it is a tricky position to be in.

As a result of her disgust, Hattie has a clear and direct message to Bromley Council.

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She said: “How come they’ve left this toilet in this state for so long? Residents are saying it’s been 40 years since the toilets were updated.

“Why can’t you provide us with a proper toilet when we’re paying all this Council Tax?”

Hattie’s also taken matters into her own hands to get the ball rolling via the petition she’s set up on change.org here .

It’s amassed 2,873 signatures of the desired 5,000.

Bromley Council has been contacted for comment but is yet to respond.





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