Representatives from Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) recently attended the annual awards ceremony for the Loo of the Year Awards 2019, held in Birmingham.
The Trust were delighted to be awarded five National Category Awards, the Public Toilet Entries Awards for Scotland and the Local Authority Entries UK and Ireland Trophy for Harbourmaster’s House, Dysart.
Stephen Carter, Chair of the Board of Management of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust recently welcomed FCCT Staff, Board Members and invited guests to a reception to celebrate the Trust’s success in the recent Loo of the Year Awards.
The Trust manages 13 public toilets on behalf of Fife Council at sites across Fife, all of which received recognition in Local Authority Public Toilet Awards category. As well as awards for these individual facilities the Trust were also awarded the following national awards.
UK Washroom Cleaner of the year In-House Cleaning Team Trophy and National Award for Scotland. The Loo of the Year Awards Public Toilet Entries Award. The Local Authority Entries Award for Scotland and awarded 5 National Category Awards.
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 Platinum and Gold and Platinum winners are shortlisted for one of the several National Awards covering England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
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 visitor experience, for the many thousands of people who visit our sites annually.’
Cllr Judy Hamilton, Convener – Community and Housing Services Committee said: “In the face of austerity, authorities around the country are finding it difficult to keep and maintain public toilets. I’m proud that the facilities we do have in Fife are recognised as being of such high quality and want to thank all the Trust staff who work hard to provide this service for the public.”
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.