Residents and tourists who use the city’s toilets will find they are the cleanest ever.
An annual audit by the national, independent Loo of the Year Awards (LOYA) organisation has graded the toilets the highest ever, with four sites receiving an improved grading on last year.
The LOYA, which aims to ‘encourage the highest possible standards in all away from home washrooms’, inspected all 37 of the council’s loos without warning, with 19 being awarded the highest Platinum status and 18 awarded Gold.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the city’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “We strive to maintain good standards in our loos and are delighted to see we are even better than last year.
“There is sometimes a fear when people need to use a public toilet, but both our residents and tourists can use our loos knowing they are clean, looked after and hygienic enough to win national awards.”
She added: “We’ll receive detailed reports for each toilet in December and will use these as a basis to try to achieve even higher standards next year.”
The council’s loos will now compete against hundreds of other organisations in the prestigious Loo of the Year awards national event on Friday, December 8 to find the best public toilets in the UK – dubbed the Oscars of the toilet world.
Last year the council scooped first prize in the Best Local Authority Toilets in England category, and also picked up the number one spots for Best Beach Toilets in the UK (West Pier Arches) and Best Crematorium Toilets in the UK (Hove Cemetery South).
Then the 37 loos received 17 platinum (more than any other local authority in the UK), 16 golds and 4 silvers.
Judges look at more than 100 different criteria before choosing the finest loos in the land, giving them a ‘platinum’, ‘gold’ or ‘silver’ grade following an unannounced visit by a fully trained and authorised Loo of the Year Awards Inspector.
The Loo of the Year Awards are independently run, sponsored by leading toilet and hygiene equipment companies and supported by the four UK national tourism bodies – Visit England, Visit Scotland, Visit Wales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.