Bury St Edmunds has the best public loos in Suffolk

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Bury St Edmunds managed a clean sweep of awards at the Boggies, a campaign created by BBC Radio Suffolk to award the best public loos in Suffolk.

Arc shopping centre was awarded three, pink for the best looked after ladies, blue for the gents and the gold boggie, the top prize for being the best in the county, while St Edmundsbury Borough Council came in second place, winning silver for the Abbey Gardens toilets.

Colin Roberts, arc centre manager, visited the BBC Suffolk studios on Thursday, on the Mark Murphy breakfast show, to collect his trio of awards.

He said: “I am really proud of our whole services team; it really goes to show the pride they take in doing their job. Getting caught short when out and about can often lead to getting a bum deal from a public loo, they often become neglected.

“We pride ourselves on providing a clean and friendly shopping space that families can enjoy and the bottom line of it is that offering clean facilities is a key part of that.”

The award comes just as arc enters a phase of upgrading its toilets.

Mr Roberts confirmed that plans are coming along to invest £15,000 to freshen up the toilets with new decoration, hand-driers and improvements to accessibility.

He added: “Although this is quite a quirky award to win, being the best toilets in the county is no mean achievement. With the investments we are making this year we are hoping that our customers will once again nominate next year so we can hold onto our throne and win in 2016.”

To be eligible for a Boggie, organisations had to first be nominated by the public as this was not an award you could enter yourself.

Then they were paid a mystery visit from expert Ipswich-based cleaners, Shirley Shelley’s, who checked for cleanliness, quality, state of repair and air quality.