Top loo award for Babergh

OFFICIALS in Babergh are flushed with pride today after the authority received two toiletting accolades.Public toilets in Hadleigh and East Bergholt were recognised as anything but bog standard in the National Loo of the Year awards.

OFFICIALS in Babergh are flushed with pride today after the authority received two toiletting accolades.

Public toilets in Hadleigh and East Bergholt were recognised as anything but bog standard in the National Loo of the Year awards.

Toilets at Flatford Visitors Centre in East Bergholt and Magdalen Road in Hadleigh were presented with four star awards for their safety, décor and cleanliness.

Recognition of the Hadleigh toilets was a notable success for Babergh council who spent more than a penny on the conveniences last year.

A joint venture with Ipswich and Norwich Co-op to build the toilet block and improve the surrounding area cost £100,000.

Among those delighted with the accolade is Eminent Environmental who won an Attendant of the Year award for their management of the toilets.

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Glyniss Wilshaw, cleaner of the Magdalen Road loos, said: "I like the new facility and find it much easier to clean.

"I don't tend to come into much contact with the users so I'm thrilled about this recognition of the toilets and my work."

An unannounced inspector from the British Toilet Association viewed the toilets and declared them an "excellent new facility with quality fittings."

He commented on the cleanliness of the toilets and noted efforts to protect the environment including waterless urinals and movement activated lights.

Miriam Harrup, spokeswoman for Ipswich and Norwich Co-op, said: "Having worked closely with Babergh officials to provide the new toilet facilities for Hadleigh, we are delighted that the hard work and significant financial investment by the Society has been recognised."

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