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Thursday, December 12, 2013
There was double dose of good news in two surge-hit coastal communities in north Norfolk - when their new toilets won national awards for the second year running.
Loo blocks at Happisburgh and Sheringham have both been given golds in the Loo of the Year Awards.
Both were built in 2011/12 and won similar awards last year.
The Sheringham ones, built in beach hut style, on the east prom are currently closed having been knocked out of place by the recent storm surge.
A spokesman for owners North Norfolk District Council said they needed to be put back into place, and some pipes repaired, probably sometime in the next couple of weeks.
They originally cost £105,000, and last year’s award came as they suffered another wave of damage, with vandals prompting worth £10,000 of repairs.
The Happisburgh ones, now managed by the parish Council, are on the new Beach Road car park , which was relocated due to ongoing erosion. The circular block cost £67,000, funded through a Coastal Pathfinder scheme to tackle erosion-related issues.
North Norfolk District Council’s cabinet member for corporate assets, Rhodri Oliver, said: “We’re delighted that these two excellent and relatively new toilet blocks haven’t gone down the pan, but are still amongst the best in the country.
“And I am particularly pleased that both survived last week’s tidal surge that caused so much damage down the North Norfolk coast.
“They are very important not just for people who live nearby but also in supporting the local tourism industries and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in their continuing success.”
Both blocks were built by Thrower & Rutland of Felthorpe and designed by Stead Mutton & Griggs of Sheringham.
They were among 1432 entries from across the UK including male, female, accessible, changing places and family (baby change) loos. Competition inspectors visited and judged more than 5,000 individual toilets over the summer. They looked at 100 judging criteria including signage, décor and maintenance, fixtures and fittings, cleanliness and overall management and customer care.
The 2013 awards, sponsored by Clos-o-Mat, the Toilet and Washroom Cleaning Company, Ophardt are supported by the four national tourism bodies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.