Pennies well spent

Published: Wednesday, 14th December 2016

A three-year investment in Oxford’s public convenience facilities has been recognised, as the City Council won ten Platinum Grade and eight Gold Grade Loo of the Year Awards from the British Toilet Association (BTA). Platinum is the highest grade granted by the BTA.

On top of this the City Council was the UK overall winner in the in the Public Toilet category beating off challengers from the rest of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The awards follow a £700k programme of refurbishment work carried out between 2013 and 2016. The work saw 13 of Oxford’s street-based public conveniences refurbished along with three facilities based in the Council’s parks.

During the same period the Town Hall’s public toilets were also modernised as part of a separate project.

Councillor John Tanner, Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: “Three years ago Oxford was one of the top 20 councils for our public toilets. Now we are the overall UK winner for public toilet provision. It’s a remarkable achievement and recognition of the investment the City Council has made to ensure the facilities are first-rate.

“These awards are a well-deserved acknowledgement for the council staff who keep our public conveniences clean. And the icing on the cake is that Oxford is the overall UK winner when it comes to public toilet provision – recognition of the investment the City Council has made to ensure the facilities are first-rate. I want to congratulate and thank the park rangers, the town hall staff and the Streetscene staff for their efforts and dedication in providing a first-class service for Oxford’s residents and visitors.”

The City Council maintains 23 public conveniences:

  • one at Redbridge Park and Ride
  • Three in parks
  • One in the Town Hall
  • One in each of the Council’s four cemeteries
  • 14 others across the City

The conveniences at the Redbridge Park and Ride, at the cemeteries and those in the city are looked after by six Streetscene staff, seven days a week, 364 days a year. They clean each facility three times a day.

Cllr Tanner added: “These results are the highest placing that the Council has achieved and it is also the first time that we have received Platinum standard for any of our facilities - quite an improvement.”