OXFORD’s public toilets have been recognised as the best in the UK after winning a host of awards from the British Toilet Association.

After a three-year refurbishment scheme by Oxford City Council the toilets won 10 ‘platinum grade’ and eight ‘gold grade’ Loo of the Year Awards.

On top of this the city council was announced the UK overall winner in the in the public toilet category, beating off challengers from the rest of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

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Councillor John Tanner, Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said the awards were well deserved.

He added: “The icing on the cake is that Oxford is the overall UK winner when it comes to public toilet provision.

“That’s recognition of the investment the city council has made to ensure the facilities are first-rate. 

“I want to congratulate and thank the park rangers, the town hall staff and the Streetscene staff for their efforts and dedication in providing a first-class service for Oxford’s residents and visitors.”

The awards follow a £700k programme of refurbishment work carried out between 2013 and 2016. The work saw 13 of Oxford’s street-based public conveniences refurbished along with three facilities based in the council’s parks. 

The council maintains 23 public toilets.