Toilets on iconic Norfolk pier could be the best place to spend a penny in the UK

Cromer Pier and beach on the North Norfolk coast.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Cromer Pier and beach on the North Norfolk coast.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

An iconic pier on the Norfolk coast could be named the best place to spend a penny after being shortlisted for a national award.

It comes following the tidal surge in 2013 when Cromer Pier's toilets were severely damaged.

As a result, the loos had to be completely refurbished and now feature energy saving lighting and dementia friendly signage.

North Norfolk District Council's (NNDC) cabinet member for assets, John Rest, said: 'The shortlisting is clear recognition of the quality of work carried out on the Cromer Pier facilities. Excellent public toilet facilities contribute to a good first impression among our thousands of visitors.

'Following the storm in late 2013 there was a great deal of repair and refurbishment work carried out along several sections of the council's coastline and this was part of that successful project.

'We have had previous success at these same awards for toilets at Happisburgh and Sheringham, and we hope to repeat that success.'

The toilets were refurbished by Thrower and Rutland and designed by SMG Architects of Sheringham – the same team responsible for the Happisburgh and Sheringham projects.

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The Loo of the Year awards feature an inspection process covering criteria including signage, decor, maintenance, fixtures, fittings, cleanliness and overall management and customer care.

The winners will be announced and presented at an event on Friday December 4 at the St Johns Hotel in Solihull, near Birmingham. Winners of national awards from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will then compete for the UK Award, which is announced on the night.