Council’s loos are sitting pretty after earning diamond awards - The Evesham Observer

Council’s loos are sitting pretty after earning diamond awards

Rob George 27th Nov, 2021   0

PUBLIC loos across Evesham and Pershore are far from bog standard after impressing judges in the annual Loo of the Year Awards.

Six of Wychavon’s toilets have been given the highest honour of the much sought-after diamond award.

This is only given to toilets with the highest standard of cleaning and that provide specialist facilities for babies, children, and those with various disabilities.

Toilets on High Street and Church Walk in Pershore, Oat Street and Viaduct Meadow in Evesham and Church Close in Broadway have reached the diamond status.

This is double the number of loos that received the status last year. The rest of Wychavon’s toilets were given platinum awards.

Last year Wychavon was named overall UK Loo of the Year winner and was presented with the ‘golden seat’ in honour of the achievement.

They now face an anxious wait to find out if they have held on to the trophy and what position they now occupy in the prestigious Loo of the Year Premier League table, having climbed to fifth in 2020.

Wychavon 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, Viaduct Meadow, Evesham and Church Walk in Pershore to support residents and visitors with various disabilities who need the space and specialist equipment not available in standard disabled toilets.

Loos in Church Close, Broadway and Pershore High Street have been completely refurbished while a new block of toilets has been built on Church Walk in Pershore.

Work has now started on refurbishing Waterside toilets in Evesham.

Coun Emma Stokes, executive board member Environment and Street Scene said: “Once again we are flushed with success as a result of our decision to invest in providing first class public toilets for our residents and visitors.

“These results are a real testament to our team, and contractor Mitie, who worked hard to keep our toilets open for the majority of lockdown restrictions and have not only maintained but improved on the high standards of cleanliness we have come to expect from our public loos.”

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