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Ribble Valley Public Loos on a Roll

Published Thursday, 11 December 2014

Ribble Valley Borough Council is on a roll after one of its public loos underwent a £30,000 overhaul just months after another was named the best in Lancashire for the sixth year running.

The popular Clitheroe Castle Field toilets have received new baby changing facilities in the gents and ladies, recycled light fittings, water-efficient and motion-controlled flushing mechanisms, energy-efficient hand-dryers and new tiling, ceilings and internal and external doors.

And the large clock on the front of the toilet block, much-loved by residents and visitors, has had a spruce up, too.

Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “The Clitheroe Castle Field toilets are one of our most popular public conveniences used by thousands of residents and visitors each year.

“The refurbishment is part of our continued investment in public facilities and was undertaken in-house, to budget and on time.

“We are delighted with the outcome and feedback from users has been very positive.”

Chipping’s environmentally friendly loos were opened in 2009 following a £76,000 council revamp and were recently named the best toilets in the county for the sixth year running in the prestigious Lancashire Best Kept Village competition.

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

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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