Canterbury’s best and worst public toilets – revealed and rated

The best and worst public toilets in Canterbury have been revealed.

Canterbury City Council provide multiple WCs in and around the city centre, because no one likes getting caught short.

 

Canterbury City Council’s toilet cleaning schedule

 

But which one’s the best to go to?

We ranked five toilets out of five criteria: the cleanliness of the floor and toilet, the hand washing facilities, the amount of toilet paper and, of course, the smell.

This survey was carried out on Thursday May 9 between 11:30-13:00.

 

1. Canterbury Coach Park toilets

 

 

Floor 4/5

Toilet 4/5

Handwashing facilities 3.5/5

Toilet paper 4/5

Smell 3/5

Score – 17.5/25 – the best

This was by far the best public toilet we visited in Canterbury. What a good first impression for visitors!

 

2. Burgate toilets

 

 

Floor 3/5

Toilet 4/5

Handwashing facilities 3/5

Toilet paper 4/5

Smell 3/5

Score – 17/25

Probably the most used public toilet in Canterbury, it seemed to be one of the cleanest too. However, the ceiling did let it down – a bucket of bleach should do.

 

3. Toddlers Cove toilets

 

Floor 3/5

Toilet 2/5

Handwashing 2/5

Toilet paper 3/5

Smell 2/5

Score – 12/25

The sink was a bit of a mystery in this one… how do you use it? We will never know.

Another thing we noticed was the needle and blade deposit box in the loos, which was a bit concerning in a toddler’s play area.

One last concern; we noticed the emergency pull cord was wrapped around a grab bar. This may make it look neat and tidy, but it defeats the object of being in reach in case of an emergency.

 

4. Tower Way toilets

 

 

Floor 3/5

Toilet 2/5

Handwashing 1/5

Toilet paper 3/5

Smell 1/5

Score – 10/25

Unfortunately the sinks in these toilets were not pleasant to look at, let alone being good enough to sterilise your hands after using the WC.

 

5. Dane John toilets

 

 

 

 

Floor 2/5

Toilet 2/5

Handwashing 1/5

Toilet paper 3/5

Smell 1/5

Score – 9/25  the worst

To our surprise, the toilets in Dane John did not reflect its beautiful surroundings.

On a separate note: It was sad to witness in these toilets the homeless sheltering out of the rain. Imagine your only refuge from getting drenched is a public toilet.

If you wish to support the homeless community in Canterbury visit Catching Lives.