Representatives from Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) recently attended the annual awards ceremony for the Loo of the Year Awards 2021, held in Birmingham.
The Trust were delighted to be awarded six Scotland Category Awards, including the Public Toilet and Local Authority Entries Awards. The Trust also won UK-wide Awards for the In-House Cleaning Team Trophy and the Market Sector Heritage Award for Harbourmaster’s House in Dysart.
The Trust manages 13 public toilets on behalf of Fife Council at sites across Fife, nine of which received recognition in Local Authority Public Toilet Awards category. The Trust were also listed in the Champions League standards of excellence awards and the Local Authority public toilet top twenty Premier League.
Robbie Blyth, Head of Operations at FCCT commented, “This is the 10th year we have entered these awards and it is gratifying to see the hard work of our team recognised on this stage. Our success in the awards is a huge testament to the commitment and dedication of our small team who work so hard. However, we will not be resting on our laurels going forward, as we work to improve our toilet provision further and gain recognition in categories we have not entered in the past.”
Every entry received an unannounced visit from a Loo of the Year Awards Inspector and was assessed against 101 judging criteria – including signage, décor, fixtures and fittings and overall standards of cleanliness and management. Every loo receives a grading ranging from Bronze to Diamond. Diamond, Platinum, and Gold winners are shortlisted for one of the several National Awards covering England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.
Stephen Carter, Chairman of the Board FCCT, commented, ‘To gain so many accolades in the National Award Category, recognises the work and commitment of both our full-time and seasonal staff in maintaining these facilities to a high standard. This adds hugely to the residents and visitors experience, for the many thousands of people who visit our Fife sites annually.’
The Loo of the Year Awards and associated Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards for cleaning staff have been identifying the best washrooms in Britain since 1987 and are recognised as standard setters for all those who provide ‘away from home’ facilities for staff, customers and visitors.
Thousands of washrooms were judged this year, across the sixty-one separate entry categories of the competition, with many first-time entries from establishments joining the increasing number of providers who submit their washroom facilities for an annual independent assessment.