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New Look Loos Hope To Scoop National Award
Bourton-on-the-Water's refurbished public conveniences are hoping to clean up at the 2007 Loo of the Year Awards.
The loos, at the Church Rooms, re-opened in April as part of an innovative £1m partnership project between Cotswold District Council and Healthmatic to improve public conveniences across the Cotswolds.
The Grade II listed building has smart new ladies' and gents' loos, piped music, sparkling washrooms, a family room with baby-changing facilties and child-sized loo and basin, plus separate facilties for people with disabilities.
Healthmatic is entering the facility for the Loo of the Year Award 2007, promoted by the British Toilet Association.
Gone are the old pink units and peeling paint of the past to be replaced by neutral tiles, tasteful décor and high-tech hand driers. In keeping with the Church Rooms' historic feel, reclaimed church pews have been placed in the entrance area.
The conveniences - the District's most-visited loos with 250,000 customers a year - are kept spick and span by local attendants.
The loos were the first to be re-opened by the Council in its rolling programme of facelifts, which sees the introduction of a small charge of 20p per use. The income will help to pay for the investment in improved facilities.
Portfolio holder for the Environment, Cllr Mark Tufnell, said: "Although the loos project is in its early days, we've been really encouraged by the positive comments we've had so far. People appreciate the new look and generally don’t mind paying for better facilities.
"The Church Rooms have been transformed from dingy to delightful. I think we’ve got a good chance of winning an award!"
New-look loos at the Brewery car park , Cirencester, are also being entered for the awards, along with those at Bibury.
The Brewery now has four cubicles directly accessed from the street. Each user - male or female - pays to use their own cubicle, complete with hand washing facilities. There are no shared areas and the cubicles are large enough for a parent and child to use comfortably.
The loos at Bibury are also being transformed into direct access cubicles. Two are already open, one of which is suitable for people with disabilities, and two more are expected to be completed by the end of June.
The Forum toilets in Cirencester are currently closed for refurbishment.
: 25/06/2007 18:41:34
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