Southend’s toilets are flushed with praise

Southend Standard: Southend’s toilets are flushed with praise Southend’s toilets are flushed with praise

SOUTHEND’S loos are top notch – and that’s official.

Public conveniences in Bell Wharf, Leigh, won platinum status – the highest possible accolade – at the Loo of the Year 2013 awards bash.

Southend Council also picked up seven gold status awards for its public toilets in Chalkwell Park, Crowstone, Sutherland Boulevard, Hamlet Court Road, Marine Parade, Pitman’s Close and Elm Road.

The gongs means the council will be entered into the 2013 Local Authority Public Toilet Premier League.

Tony Cox, councillor responsible for public protection, waste and transport, said it’s good news for the town.

He said: “It’s really important to provide top quality toilets for our residents and visitors, so this is a really great result and pays testament to our hard working contractors, Cory Environmental.”

Every winning public toilet received an unannounced visit from an authorised Loo of the Year Awards inspector and was assessed against 100 judging criteria, including signage and décor, fixtures and fittings and overall standards of cleanliness and management.

Each facility then received a grade ranging from bronze to platinum.

The Loo of the Year Awards have been identifying the best in Britain since 1987 and are recognised as standard setters for organisations providing “away from home” facilities for staff, customers and visitors.

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6:10am Fri 13 Dec 13

SARFENDMAN says...

Great if you can find one.
Great if you can find one. SARFENDMAN

7:31am Fri 13 Dec 13

fletch12107 says...

You often find a dead body in one or a druggie.
You often find a dead body in one or a druggie. fletch12107

7:42am Fri 13 Dec 13

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

YES where are they, not enough in Southend high street
YES where are they, not enough in Southend high street CHRISTMAS CAROL

9:10am Fri 13 Dec 13

Broadwaywatch says...

Over 65 now and having waited for a bus that wasn't running to time on a cold morning. I eventually reach Hamlet Court Road and decided that my only option was to leave the bus and use the public lavatory's only to find all of them were locked. This was at about 11 .15
The only thing I could do was seek out a café that had a lavatory and pay for a cup of tea that under the circumstances I had no need for.
Did I make the lavatory in time.....the truth....no, not quite.
Thank you to those who kept the toilets locked and for contributing to my embarrassment. Perhaps the toilets were kept locked so that they were looking in prime condition for those who were giving out the awards. Like Ofsted warnings for education am sure that Southend Council had an inkling that the Inspector was due. Perhaps I should forward this my comment to the 2013 Local Authority Public Toilet Premier League.
Over 65 now and having waited for a bus that wasn't running to time on a cold morning. I eventually reach Hamlet Court Road and decided that my only option was to leave the bus and use the public lavatory's only to find all of them were locked. This was at about 11 .15 The only thing I could do was seek out a café that had a lavatory and pay for a cup of tea that under the circumstances I had no need for. Did I make the lavatory in time.....the truth....no, not quite. Thank you to those who kept the toilets locked and for contributing to my embarrassment. Perhaps the toilets were kept locked so that they were looking in prime condition for those who were giving out the awards. Like Ofsted warnings for education am sure that Southend Council had an inkling that the Inspector was due. Perhaps I should forward this my comment to the 2013 Local Authority Public Toilet Premier League. Broadwaywatch

9:33am Fri 13 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
YES where are they, not enough in Southend high street
Who remembers the under ground ones..?
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: YES where are they, not enough in Southend high street[/p][/quote]Who remembers the under ground ones..? DogsMessInLeigh

2:13pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Awards for bogs? Whatever next?
Awards for bogs? Whatever next? Kim Gandy

2:25pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

SARFENDMAN wrote:
Great if you can find one.
Sad if you use one...
[quote][p][bold]SARFENDMAN[/bold] wrote: Great if you can find one.[/p][/quote]Sad if you use one... Nowthatsworthknowing

4:11pm Fri 13 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

Well i guess they didnt look at (or smell) the toilets in the Travel Centre . No wonder there is a note on the window to say they below toSouthend Council not them !
Well i guess they didnt look at (or smell) the toilets in the Travel Centre . No wonder there is a note on the window to say they below toSouthend Council not them ! jolllyboy

6:44pm Fri 13 Dec 13

lucy10 says...

ya bog off
ya bog off lucy10

4:32pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Over 65 now and having waited for a bus that wasn't running to time on a cold morning. I eventually reach Hamlet Court Road and decided that my only option was to leave the bus and use the public lavatory's only to find all of them were locked. This was at about 11 .15
The only thing I could do was seek out a café that had a lavatory and pay for a cup of tea that under the circumstances I had no need for.
Did I make the lavatory in time.....the truth....no, not quite.
Thank you to those who kept the toilets locked and for contributing to my embarrassment. Perhaps the toilets were kept locked so that they were looking in prime condition for those who were giving out the awards. Like Ofsted warnings for education am sure that Southend Council had an inkling that the Inspector was due. Perhaps I should forward this my comment to the 2013 Local Authority Public Toilet Premier League.
P1SS OFF
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: Over 65 now and having waited for a bus that wasn't running to time on a cold morning. I eventually reach Hamlet Court Road and decided that my only option was to leave the bus and use the public lavatory's only to find all of them were locked. This was at about 11 .15 The only thing I could do was seek out a café that had a lavatory and pay for a cup of tea that under the circumstances I had no need for. Did I make the lavatory in time.....the truth....no, not quite. Thank you to those who kept the toilets locked and for contributing to my embarrassment. Perhaps the toilets were kept locked so that they were looking in prime condition for those who were giving out the awards. Like Ofsted warnings for education am sure that Southend Council had an inkling that the Inspector was due. Perhaps I should forward this my comment to the 2013 Local Authority Public Toilet Premier League.[/p][/quote]P1SS OFF Nowthatsworthknowing

9:36pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

The toilets at the travel centre, Southend, are disgusting! They can be smelt all throughout the centre as there is no ventilation in them thanks to more poor panning by the council.
The toilets at the travel centre, Southend, are disgusting! They can be smelt all throughout the centre as there is no ventilation in them thanks to more poor panning by the council. Alice in Her Own Land :P

10:04am Sun 15 Dec 13

abd123 says...

'Poor pannin'g' given the subject, turns a typo into wit, accidentally.
'Poor pannin'g' given the subject, turns a typo into wit, accidentally. abd123

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