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It’s a Bury St Edmunds Clean Sweep at the Boggies...

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.

To be eligible to win a Boggie, you had to first of all be nominated by the public, this wasn’t an award you could enter yourself. Upon nomination you were paid a mystery visit from expert cleaners, Shirley Shelley’s, based in Ipswich, who would check cleanliness, quality and state of repair of the bathroom facilities and air quality.

arc shopping centre was awarded three boggies, 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. The St Edmundsbury Borough Council came in second place, winning the silver award for the Abbey Gardens toilets. The news wasn’t quite so good however in Ipswich as the Castle Hill Recreation Ground, Ipswich, received the brown boggie for the counties worst toilet.

Colin was at 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 their 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.

Mr Roberts said: “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.”



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