Flushed with success after Loo of the Year triumph

Published: Tuesday, 27th October 2015

Oxford City Council has triumphed at the 2015 Loo of the Year Awards following £600,000 of investment in the city’s public toilets.

In 2012 the City Council launched the three-year project to refurbish the Council’s city and park public toilets.

The City Council entered 10 of the toilets into this year’s Loo of the Year Awards and now – for the first time – all of them have won the Gold Standard.

Last year six of the toilets won the Gold Standard and four won silver, while in 2013 four toilets won gold and six won silver.

The winning public toilets are Town Hall, Littlemore, Knights Road, Abingdon Road, Wolvercote, Cowley Road, St Clement’s, Bury Knowle, Market Street and Gloucester Green.

Judges from the Loo of the Year Awards inspected the toilets with unannounced visits between July and September.

The Council will pick up the awards at a prestigious ceremony at The St John’s Hotel in Solihull on 4 December.

Every year the Loo of the Year Awards organisers announce the ‘Premier League’ of public toilets at the ceremony. Last year the Council was named 11th but, following this year’s triumphs, it is hoped Oxford will make the top ten.

Councillor John Tanner, Board Member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “In 2012 the people of Oxford told the City Council they wanted their money invested in the City’s public toilets. The City Council launched a programme to improve the public toilets and now, you could say, we are flushed with success.

“It’s official, Oxford now has some of the best public toilets in the country. That is down not just to investing taxpayers’ money but also thanks to our excellent team of cleaning staff. Oxford residents can now proudly say we live not only amongst the dreaming spires but also the gleaming latrines.”

While work has been carried out on the city’s public toilets, the Council has only entered 10 into the Loo of the Year Awards.

Work is currently being carried out on South Parade toilets and next year work is expected to start on the final city public toilet yet to be improved, Magdalen Street.

Next year it is hoped the Council can enter all 18 city and park toilets into the Loo of the Year Awards.