We’ve written about the Super Loos on the Island before, but it’s now official. They really are super!
According to news just in from the Council, the Island can be proud of the fact that five of our public loos have received the prestigious Loo of the Year accolades.
If you get caught short whilst out and about, the ones to look out for are South Street, Newport and Ventnor Esplanade, both of which got a four star rating, Brannon Way in Wootton which had three stars, and Yaverland and Brading which were both each awarded four stars last year.
The British Toilet Association promote the independent awards which have strict criteria.
A bit like the Michelin star awards, the loos the assessment is unannounced and all manner of issues are considered such as; signage, decor and level of maintenance; fixtures and fittings; cleanliness; provision of hygiene equipment such as hand dryers, soap and toilet tissue; air quality; security; accessibility and overall management and customer care.
The council are pretty chuffed with the awards (natch), Cabinet member for the Environment, Cllr Edward Giles, had this to say “The Loo of the Year Awards provide confirmation by an external organisation that these loos are of a very high standard, something we hope is recognised by visitors to the Island as well as those who live here.
“While we realise there is work to do across the whole Island regarding the standard of our public toilets, these awards show that we are making progress in improving facilities.
“We have a large number of public conveniences and work with our contractors to try and ensure high standards of cleanliness in all of them.”