For many disabled people the availability of wheelchair accessible toilets is essential, if they are to go out and about and participate within the social environment. The provision and availability of wheelchair accessible public toilets is also critical. Local Authorities are tasked with providing public toilets throughout the UK. The provision of public toilets also includes the maintenance of the buildings and the cleanliness. In carrying out this function Councils encounter vandalism on a daily basis. This disrupts the service and the availability of public toilets. In order to prevent vandalism and misuse of wheelchair accessible public toilets many Local Authorities have adopted the National Key Scheme (N.K.S.).
The Local Authority or organisation ensures keys are available to disabled persons who may wish to use these toilets. The National Key Scheme (N.K.S.) is recognised through the UK and Europe.
Such keys may be purchased at a cost of £3.75 from:
Environmental Services Department
Coleraine Office, Cloonavin, 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine BT52 1EY Tel: 028 70347272
Ballymoney Office, Riada House, 14 Charles Street, Ballymoney BT53 6DZ Tel: 028 2766 0200
Limavady Office, 7 Connell Street, Limavady BT49 0HA Tel: 028 7772 2226
R.A.D.A.R, 12 City Forum, London, EV1V 8AS Tel: 020 7250 3222