Councils to receive ‘chain’ of loo awards!
Release date: 24 October 2016
Local authorities in the Cotswolds and West Oxfordshire are celebrating a ‘chain’ of awards following the judging of entries in the 2016 Loo of the Year competition. Cotswold District Council is to receive platinum awards for public conveniences in Bourton-on-the-Water (Church Rooms), Bibury (The Street), and Cirencester (Forum car park) and a gold award for the toilet facilities at Rissington Road in Bourton-on-the-Water. West Oxfordshire District Council will receive four platinum awards for toilets located in Burford (High Street), Carterton (Blackburton Road), Eynsham (Back Lane) and Witney (The Leys).
The two neighbouring authorities work in partnership across many functions, and use the same contractor, Healthmatic, to maintain their public conveniences.
These multi-award achievements ensure that both Councils will qualify for a Champions League Standards of Excellence awards at this year’s Loo of the Year ceremony which will take place at St Johns Hotel, Solihull on Friday 2 December.
Cotswold’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, Cllr Chris Hancock, has welcomed the news:
“We did very well last year when we won two platinum and two gold awards so moving higher up the Premier Loo League with three platinum awards is a notable achievement. I am also pleased that our partner Council in West Oxfordshire did so well in gaining four platinums. Together with our three platinums and one gold you could say that we have achieved far beyond a Royal Flush!”
“Many local authorities are reducing their provision of public conveniences but we see maintaining – and improving – our facilities as more than a wee priority.”
Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities at West Oxfordshire, is equally pleased:
“We welcome many visitors to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and they- and the residents - expect a high standard of public loos. Working with Cotswold we can keep down the costs of many services, including public conveniences – we aren’t flush with money and we must keep a careful watch on how we spend every penny.”
For more information about the Loo of the Year awards, which are supported by national tourism bodies across the UK, see http://www.loo.co.uk/