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Cotswold Joins Top Five In Toilet Roll Of Honour
A £1m investment in its loos has catapulted Cotswold District Council into the UK premier league of public toilet provision.
The Council has been ranked the fifth best local authority in the country by the British Toilet Association (BTA).
The announcement was made at the Loo of the Year Awards 2008, where CDC cleaned up with nine 5-star and eight 4-star awards.
Over the past two years, the Council has spent £1million refurbishing its loos in towns and villages across the District, including Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Fairford, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold.
The improvement programme, which has seen the introduction of a small charge of 20p per use, has been the result of an innovative partnership between Cotswold District Council and contractors Healthmatic.
The investment has paid off, with Cotswold being ranked fifth in the BTA’s Premier League of local authority public toilets. Top of the league are Highland, followed by Brighton & Hove, Westminster and Blackpool.
Portfolio holder for the Environment Cllr Mark Tufnell said: “This is a great achievement for Cotswold District Council and we’re absolutely delighted to have come from nowhere to be among the best in the country in the company of far larger authorities.
“Not so very long ago, we had out-of-date facilities that were not pleasant to use. Now our loos have been transformed from dingy to delightful and we receive many compliments.
“People really appreciate the new look and generally don’t mind paying for better facilities.
“In turn, the Council has achieved its aim of investing to save, by generating £100,000 in annual income from the loos. It’s a win-win situation.”
The 5-star Cotswold loos were all included in the refurbishment programme and are: The Church Rooms, Bourton; Brewery and Forum Car Parks & London Road Cirencester; The Square and Maugersbury Lane, Stow; Moreton, Bibury and Fairford.
The 4-star loos are: Blockley; Chipping Campden; West Street & The Chipping, Tetbury; Northleach; Lechlade; Cirencester lorry park and Rissington Road, Bourton.
: 17/12/2008 22:54:47
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