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Council Flushed with Pride Over Prize-Winning Loos

Chipping toilets
Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson, Chipping Parish Council chairman David Slater and council cleaning operative Patrick Johnson.
Published Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Ribble Valley Borough Council is flushed with pride after one of its public loos was named the best in Lancashire for the sixth year running.

Chipping’s environmentally friendly loos were opened in 2009 following a £76,000 council revamp and have been named the best toilets in the county by the prestigious Lancashire Best Kept Village competition ever since.

The toilet block was constructed from reclaimed local stone and features state-of-the-art water and energy-saving technology.

The toilets are kept spick and span by council cleaning operative Patrick Johnson and opened and closed each day by sprightly 92-year-old villager Bob Parker. Flower displays and hanging baskets are provided by Chipping in Bloom.

Chipping councillor Simon Hore said: “The loos are a superb facility made possible by the hard work of Patrick, Bob and the Chipping in Bloom team, who are to be congratulated for this outstanding success.”

Ribble Valley public loos are no stranger to awards. In 2007, the Slaidburn toilets received a Green Apple Award from environmentalist David Bellamy.

The toilets, used annually by thousands of fell walkers, cyclists and the Ghurkhas, who train in the area, are also constructed from reclaimed local stone and are energy and water-efficient, with anti-vandal sensory taps and flushes, and energy-saving light bulbs.

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