Our loos are the best

Wychavon officially boasts the best public toilets in the UK after winning the overall national title at the annual Loo of the Year Awards for the first time.

As well as winning the ‘golden seat’ for being named UK Loo of the Year Award Winner 2020, Wychavon also scooped a host of other titles for its far from standard bogs.

They are:

  • Best public toilets provided by a local authority in England
  • Best UK Space to Change Toilet for Church Walk toilets in Pershore
  • Best Baby Change Facilities Award for England for St Andrew’s Square toilets in Droitwich
  • Best Public toilets within parks and gardens in England for Lido Park in Droitwich
  • Best non-attended public toilets in England for St Andrew’s Square in Droitwich

As well as the titles, three of Wychavon’s loos became the first looked after by a local authority to receive the much sought-after diamond status. The other nine were given platinum awards.

Wychavon has invested heavily in its public toilets over the last three years. Improvements include installing energy and water saving Propelair toilets, solar panels, LED lighting and combined tap/hand driers.

Changing Places toilets have been created in St Andrew’s Square, Droitwich, Church Close in Broadway and Church Walk in Pershore to support residents and visitors with severe disabilities who need the space and specialist equipment not available in standard disabled toilets.

Loos in Church Walk, Broadway and Pershore High Street have been completely refurbished while a new block of toilets has been built on Church Walk in Pershore.

Work continues this summer with the demolition of the toilets at Waterside in Evesham. They will be rebuilt to a modern standard with new water and energy saving features including grey water harvesting tanks – to capture and reuse water from sinks to flush the toilets – low flush toilets that use 80% less water than standard loos and combined energy efficient taps and dryers. A new Changing Places toilet will also be created. It is hoped they will be ready to use by May next year.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment and Street Scene on Wychavon District Council, said: “We know our toilets are valued by residents and visitors and now we have independent confirmation of what we already believed that our loos really are the best in the country and we were right to continue to invest in them. I would like to say a huge thank you to our contractors Mitie who do a tremendous job looking after our toilets.”