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City's public toilets are voted 'number one' in the country

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: February 09, 2011

Toilet attendant Gordon Palmer at the public toilets in Lucy Tower Street, Lincoln.

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TOILET attendants in Lincoln have set a new bog standard after being voted the best in the country.

The City of Lincoln Council's public conveniences team has taken the top spot at the Loo of the Year Awards.

They were named the In-House Cleaning Team of the Year for England.

Three of the council-run public toilets were also given five-star status, which puts them alongside the finest loos in the country.

Facilities in Tentercroft Street, Castle Square and Lucy Tower were all given the top rating.

The toilets were judged after an unannounced visit from a Loo of the Year inspector, based on criteria including signage, decor and cleanliness.

The team's award was recognised at a ceremony at The Guildhall in Lincoln yesterday afternoon.

Gordon Palmer, 38, of Lincoln, has been a toilet attendant for 13 years and is one member of the 10-person team that maintains the city's toilets.

He told the Echo: "We are thrilled to have our hard work recognised.

"We get five stars every year, which is great for the city, but we need to appreciate what work is done.

"We get a lot of people from different places and abroad coming into Lincoln – as far as Australia and the US.

"They appreciate the quality of the toilets we have and then go back to their home countries and tell people how clean the city is. We want to keep providing this service as much as we can for as long as we can."

Richard Chisnell, chairman of the Loo of the Year Awards, applauded Lincoln for the high standards of its toilets.

He said: "Next to the mayor, the toilet attendants are the frontline ambassadors for Lincoln.

"Full marks to Lincoln for making the effort where so many other cities have given up.

"I've been to Lincoln a few times myself and always think you get a much better feeling about a place when you've had a good toilet experience.

"Toilets are what it's all about. We're in danger, with all the cutbacks and doom and gloom, of losing our basic frontline services such as toilets.

"However bad the cutbacks, people aren't going to stop needing the toilet.

"The message to Lincoln is keep up the good work. Residents should take pride in their toilets and toilet attendants."

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    T Dious-Hagge, Birchwood  |  February 10 2011, 1:18PM

    As a rule, I try to avoid using public toilets. The resulting noise from a troublesome 'Damon's depth charge' can be quite traumatic.

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    The Bogtrotter, Caught short  |  February 10 2011, 9:46AM

    Circumstances contrived to force me to use the bus station toilets yesterday. The compartments are so cramped that the toilet roll holder is located directly behind youy! Try that for an act of contortionism!

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    Steve, Lincoln Edge  |  February 09 2011, 6:37PM

    If anyone asks me where the toilets are I will direct them to Lucy Tower St, Tentercroft car park, Castle Hill, Waterside Shopping Centre or one of the larger shops. I will not direct anyone to the Bus Station, Sincil Street ladies, High Bridge, St Peter at Arches, Westgate or the mens urinals at Union Road and Newport Arch. Oh nearly forgot the loos at The Lawn are clean if not a little dated. I can only assume that only one or all three I listed 1st were visited. There is a gents in Central Market but it is only for market stall holders and staff. This I believe used to be a PUBLIC convenience.

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    Marjorie Stimson, Market Rasen, Lincoln  |  February 09 2011, 6:27PM

    I assume the Council did not check the lavatories adjacent to the bus station as these are in an apaling state. I was desperate once and had to use them..but soon wished I hadn't! There was insufficient lavatory roll, the toilet boll was shall we say rather filthy, and the aroma was akin to Mablethorpe indoor market on a Sunday! I had to wipe the seat with a solitary piece of tissue first for fear of infection.I do hope the Council will investigate this travesty promptly

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    Tom, Lincoln  |  February 09 2011, 5:37PM

    They haven't been to the toilet on Monks Road at the Old Abbey it needs a good jet wash with what's on the walls and floor.

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    me, lincoln  |  February 09 2011, 3:29PM

    Eric & Mavis.....thankyou for sharing that with us, it gave me a much needed laugh !!!

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    Vern, BHS Toilets  |  February 09 2011, 3:08PM

    If i ever get caught short and feel the need for a visit to expell some Chubacca chunks i always use the toilets in the shops in town.

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    Michael, Lincoln  |  February 09 2011, 1:04PM

    Fantastic! That will get the visitors flocking to Lincoln, but I expect they'll close at 4:30 just like the rest of the City does!!

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    Phil, Lincoln  |  February 09 2011, 12:45PM

    I see theres no mention of the High Bridge gents. I noticed the other day that not only are they still locked but now boarded up. Can we assume that the council have given up on them, or sneakily closed them down to save money? Are there enough public toilets left in Lincoln to warrant a team of ten to look after them? Finally, a question for Eric. What happened to the sock? Did you put it back on? Did you go round for the rest of the day with just one sock on? Did you take it home for your good wife to wash? Or did you block the system up trying to flush it?

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    The Bogtrotter, Caught Short  |  February 09 2011, 10:08AM

    They might be No 1, but they are also quite good for No 2