WYCHAVON District Council is flushed with success after scooping the overall national title in the Loo of the Year Awards for the first time.
Representatives from the authority were presented with the ‘golden seat’ during a socially-distanced ceremony at the Civic Centre last week.
Judges were impressed with the high standard of cleaning and provision across all the district’s loos.
As well as being named UK Loo of the Year Award Winner, a host of other titles were scooped including ‘best public toilets provided by a local authority in England’.
St Andrew’s Square in Droitwich won ‘best baby change facilities award for England’ and ‘best non-attended public toilets in England’.
And ‘best public toilets within parks and gardens in England’ went to the Lido Park.
Three of Wychavon’s conveniences were handed diamond awards, including St Andrew’s Square, and the other nine made the platinum grade, including the Lido Park.
And Wychavon has moved up the Loo of the Year Premier League table from 7th to 5th.
The council has invested heavily in its public toilets over the last three years.
Improvements include installing energy and water saving Propelair toilets, solar panels, LED lighting and combined tap/hand dryers.
Changing Places toilets have been created in St Andrew’s Square, Droitwich, Church Close in Broadway and Church Walk in Pershore to support residents and visitors with severe disabilities who need the space and specialist equipment not available in standard disabled toilets.
Coun Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment and Street Scene on Wychavon District Council, said everyone was absolutely delighted and thanked Mitie – the contractor which looks after the loos – for doing a ‘tremendous job’.
“We know our toilets are valued by residents and visitors and now we have independent confirmation of what we already believed that our loos really are the best in the country and we were right to continue to invest in them.”
Mike Bone, Managing Director of Loo of the Year Awards, said: “It’s the first time in seven years that a local authority has won the Loo of the Year award so this is a massive achievement and one that Wychavon is very worthy of.
“In fact, Wychavon is ahead of the game with few public services offering facilities like theirs.”