CLEANLINESS is next to godliness as the old saying goes and Harlow’s Harvey Centre has come out top with its loos being seen as the best shopping centre conveniences in England.
The Harvey Centre’s shiny facilities have been named the overall platinum winner for the Loo of the Year Awards 2017 which is a prestigious prize that seeks to provided excellent hygiene standards and improve public health across the country.
Unless you have young children or special privacy needs, public toilets are not always the first thing on your mind when you go shopping. However they are the first thing you notice when they are below standard and they can affect your perception of the place you are visiting.
Public hygiene is a much taken for granted part of modern life and the amusing title may give the impression that is a bit of a joke, but the Loo Awards main aim is to provide the ultimate cleanliness when visiting washrooms away from home. The awards are independently run and are sponsored and supported by many companies and charities.
The Harvey Centre’s loos can be found on the first floor next to Cineworld and they are impressive. The Harrier set out on its own investigation and found them to be very clean and bright with a vase of flowers on show and its own health monitor, where users can leave scores.
Customers also seemed delighted. Joan Marlow of Harlow said: ‘They are very good and are always clean.’ Mrs Marles of Bishop’s Stortford told the Harrier: ‘They are always very clean and pleasant and definitely deserve the award.’ Danny Crewse commented: ‘The baby changing facilities are excellent and there is a TV screen on the ceiling to distract children, which makes life easier.’
Bryan Young, Manager of the Harvey Centre, told the Harrier: ‘The cleaning staff work extremely hard keeping the washrooms clean. The loos can become very untidy very quickly, so it is a constant effort to keep them spotless.
‘Awards are great for us, they build a positive perception of the town. There has been a £12million investment in this part of the centre and we want to keep it looking good. I am going for the point of difference factor, in an evolving future for the Harvey Centre and Harlow itself.’
The Loo of the Year Awards encourages shared responsibility for keeping public facilities maintained with help from cleaners to managers and members of the public. All entries receive a grading of Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum by a fully trained and authorised Loo of the Year Awards Inspector.