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Caithness News Bulletins October 2005
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|World Toilet Summit||Loo Of The Year Awards||North Primary School||Highland Council|
North Primary School, Wick - Best Primary School
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COUNCIL SCOOPS SEVEN NATIONAL AWARDS IN LOO OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Highland Council has scooped seven national category awards at the 2005 Loo of the Year Awards, held on Tuesday during the World Toilet Summit in Belfast. In addition, the council was one of only six councils in the UK to win a standards of excellence award for having more than five five-star toilets in its entry. The national award wining toilets are:
Best cemeteries and crematoria: Kilvean Crematorium, Inverness;
Best primary school: North Primary School, Wick;
Best secondary school: Kinlochbervie High School
Best day centre: The Glen Centre, Aviemore;
Best council/public toilet: Tigh na Sgire, Portree;
Best non-attended public toilet: Invermoriston
2005 Attendant of the Year Team Award: Vacman Specialist Cleaning, who have the contract for cleaning public toilets in Lochaber and Ross and Cromarty.
The number of toilets to gain five-star rating in Highland has risen from 10 to 17. These are: -
Caithness: Community Education Office, Wick; Mount Pleasant special Education Unit, Wick; ; Reay Primary School.
Sutherland: Gledfield Primary School, Ardgay; Kinlochbervie High School
Ross and Cromarty: Alness Public Toilets; Osprey House, Alness; Strathpeffer Primary School; Ullapool High School;
Skye and Lochalsh: Portree Primary School; Tigh-na-Sgire, Portree; Kyle of Lochalsh Public Toilets.
Lochaber: Childcare Partnership, Kinlochleven;
Badenoch and Strathspey: The Glen Centre, Aviemore; Aviemore Public Toilets; Grantown Public Toilets; Kingussie Public Toilets.
In addition to these top toilets, a further 108 entries from The Highland Council were submitted as a combined entry between Transport Environmental and Community Services and the Education, Culture and Sport Service. 64 were awarded 4 stars, 40 were awarded 3 stars and a further 4 gained 2 star gradings.
Each entry was assessed against judging criteria, which included signage, decor and maintenance, cleanliness, fixtures and fittings, accessible facilities and overall management and customer care made during an unannounced visit by an authorised Loo Of The Year Awards Inspector.
Councillor Drew Miller, Vice Chairman of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee, was in Belfast to return the Overall Loo of the Year Award Trophy which The Highland Council won last year. Before the presentation of the 2005 Awards, he, along with representatives from the Council's TEC and ECS Services were invited to give the international audience a presentation on the success of The Highland Council in the award scheme.
Following the announcement of the 2005 results, Councillor Millar said: "It is a great achievement to see the standards of our toilets continually improving as never before have so many of our facilities been awarded the top accolade of 5 stars.
"The standard of cleanliness found in all the toilets that we manage is exceptional high and the awards today give credit to our dedicated, hard working members of staff and the staff of the contractors we use in Lochaber and Ross and Cromarty. We are committed to providing a high level of toilet service to our staff, residents and visitors so credit must also go to the Council itself for making funding available to upkeep the toilets to such a high standard."