Community Toilet Scheme

Blaenau Gwent Town Centres Community Toilet Scheme

Blaenau Gwent’s Public Facility Grant Scheme through the Welsh Assembly Government is a new initiative aimed at increasing the quantity and quality of the current public conveniences on offer within Blaenau Gwent Town Centres.

The scheme, entitled “Community Toilets” is aimed at local businesses to encourage them to make their toilet facilities available for free public use.

Businesses participating in the scheme should offer facilities which meet acceptable standards of hygiene. Venues throughout the Town Centres of Abertillery, Blaina, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale & Tredegar will provide a range of facilities including male & female toilets, baby changing facilities and some premises benefit from having disabled access. Each venue will display a blue sticker on their shop window, showing facilities available. The information on all available public toilet venues within the Town Centres will be listed on the Town Centre information panels. Opening times for each venue will vary depending on the normal opening hours of the business but this should ensure facilities are available much later in the evenings and on Sundays.

It is hoped the scheme will provide an improved and more accessible public convenience service for the Borough.

Please see below all the Maps and a list of Opening Times for the 2014/2015 scheme.

Radar Keys

What is a Radar Key?

The National Key Scheme (NKS) offers disabled people independent access to locked public toilets around the country. Toilets fitted with National Key Scheme (NKS) locks can now be found in shopping centres, pubs, cafés, department stores, bus and train stations and many other locations in most parts of the country.

RADAR have produced the National Key Scheme guide 2012 which identifies the location of the 9,000 accessible toilets across the UK fitted with the NKS lock.
A RADAR Key can be issued from The Civic Centre reception, Blaenau Gwent Council.


Clients are eligible for a RADAR key if they are in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, Enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payments (PIP), are in receipt of a valid Blue Badge or are registered blind.

(Proof is required e.g. DWP award notification letter).

Clients are can also be assessed on an individual basis based on their access needs to toilet facilities, e.g. dementia suffers, or individuals who require a carer to assist with toileting due to a physical disability, have a colostomy bag or have conditions such as IBS or Colitis.
Each key from Blaenau Gwent CBC costs £3.50

Replacement keys have to be paid for.

There are a number of organisations such as Disability Rights UK where keys can also be purchased, charges vary.