Toilets win awards yet again

Published: Thursday, 21st December 2017

Oxford City Council has come away with a host  of trophies from this year's Loo of the Year awards.

The jury awarded Oxford's 18 entries a total of 10 gold and 4 platinum awards, as well as judging the Council to be England' best local authority and the UK's best local authority for toilet provision.

The Council's parks toilets also featured, with Cutteslowe winning Parks and Gardens in the Leisure category. 

The awards aim to encourage the highest possible standards. Introduced in 1987, they are owned and run independently. Each entry for the award is judged against criteria that covered both male and female facilities, baby changing, accessibility, space to change and hygiene room facilities. All entries were subject to unannounced visits by a Loo of the Year Awards inspectors.

Cllr John Tanner, Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: “Over the last few years the Council has invested heavily to make the city's public toilets some of the best in the country. This has been reflected in the awards we have won in 2015, 2016 and now 2017. I want to thank the staff who keep the toilets pristine and the public for leaving the toilets as we would hope to find them.”

These awards follow last year's success when the City Council in 2015 and 2016 and the results are a testament to the rigorous standards set by the maintenance and cleansing teams.

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
  • fourteen others across the city.