Cambridge will get foreign-style squat toilets for the benefit of the coachloads of tourists 

Cambridge will get foreign-style squat toilets for the benefit of the coachloads of tourists who visit the university city

  • The toilets are most usually found in East Asia and will make their way to the city 
  • If the planning application is approved construction will begin in Autumn 2020
  • Cambridge hosts around 8million tourists a year and current facilities can’t cope 

Cambridge city centre is set to get foreign-style squat toilets to accommodate the coachloads of tourists who flock to the university city.

The toilets are usually found in East Asian countries and support the idea that it is better for humans to squat rather than sit when using the toilet.

Planning applications have been submitted which will see the toilets placed close to the Queen’s Road coach drop-off point in the city.

The plans propose seven female cubicles, four male urinals, three male cubicles, two gender neutral ones as well as the three squat toilets.

Squat toilets (stock image above) are usually found in East Asian countries and are set to be built in Cambridge

Squat toilets (stock image above) are usually found in East Asian countries and are set to be built in Cambridge

The toilets are being built in order to accommodate the vast amounts of tourists travelling to the city (people punting above)

The toilets are being built in order to accommodate the vast amounts of tourists travelling to the city (people punting above)

Cambridge Live reported that Cambridge City Council said the choice was made due to the origins of the visitors coming to the city.

If the planning application is approved, construction will begin in autumn 2020, while the existing toilets will close while construction is underway.

The plans also include a new lightweight structure on Silver Street bridge to replace the existing disabled toilet with a facility consisting of an information point, baby changing table and disabled toilet.

The new plans for the city will include new female toilets as well as new urinals for men (the current toilets above)

The new plans for the city will include new female toilets as well as new urinals for men (the current toilets above)

Cambridge hosts over eight million visitors a year and the current facilities are unable to cope with the high demand.

As well as this, the current toilets are also susceptible to flooding due to the fact that they are at river level.

In light of the plans the council said it will take into consideration the use of ‘sustainable’ materials and will opt to use minimal water.

According to the Cambridge Tourism report in 2017, 22 per cent of local employment came from tourism.

This is while it also estimated it contributed around £835 million to the economy. 

 

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