Flushing out our 'tatty' loos

PUBLISHED: 16:08 23 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 24 May 2010

PROUD loo attendants in Clevedon have been told to stop titivating their toilets with flowers and ornaments - because it 'makes them look tatty.' Staff at the council owned public conveniences in Queens Square - which have won national awards for their cl

PROUD loo attendants in Clevedon have been told to stop titivating their toilets with flowers and ornaments - because it 'makes them look tatty.'Staff at the council owned public conveniences in Queens Square - which have won national awards for their cleanliness and appearance - have been told they must remain bog standard.The decision has meant dried flowers, ornaments and pictures which adorn the walls of the loos have been taken down.Toilet attendant Julie Rostill, aged 41, said: "First I knew I had a phone call from my supervisor saying it all had to go."I had put up flowers, ornaments and even teddies in the baby changing room."There has been lots of disgruntled customers who keep knocking on my office door asking why all the decorations have gone."Mrs Rostill, who has spent nine months titivating the loo, scoured charity shops for pictures and flowers to liven up the lavatory.She added: "People donated things to put on the walls and have even given me pictures of their pets to display.The decision has been described as 'health and safety gone mad' by local councillors who say Clevedon was proud of their pristine public conveniences.Clevedon councillor Linda Knott said: "The attendants took a real pride in making the toilets nice for everyone. Now they look really gloomy."It seems ridiculous to clear them out and make them like every other public toilet in the world, especially when they have won national awards for how they look."North Somerset Council spokesman Stephen Makin said: "It is important that our toilets are clean and hygienic, and whilst it maybe pleasant to have objects that give a homely feel it is important that our toilets are tidy and that there is no clutter. "We are working with our contractors who cleanse the public toilets to present an appropriate image for our award-winning toilets. The attendants have been asked to ensure anything that is put out in the toilets is in keeping with this image and to ensure all visitors to our toilets have a pleasant experience."* Pictured: Toilet attendant Julie Rostill with the pictures she has had to take down from the toilet walls.

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