TENBURY will not be beaten when it comes to public toilets.

Spending a penny in Tenbury is officially a premier league experience after the district’s toilets scooped a host of top honours at the Loo of the Year Awards.

Malvern Hills District Council won one silver, six golds and a platinum award for the eight public conveniences they look after, with Market Street in Tenbury being named the district’s finest facility.

It is the council’s best performance in the 10 years it has been entering the awards which saw them move up to 11th place in the Loo of the Year Local Authority Premier League Table.

The council also won a place on the Loo of the Year Roll

of Honour.

Members of the streets and amenities team, which look after the district’s lavatories, were also flushed with success after winning Washroom Cleaner of the Year status for each toilet for the first time.

Run by the British Toilet Association, the Loo of the Year awards rank toilets provided by different organisations on a range of factors, which together make them clean, safe and hygienic.

Councils, hotels, shopping centres and more take part in the competition. Inspectors pay a visit to each toilet before issuing a bronze, silver, gold or platinum rating.

There are then specific awards for the best performing toilets in a variety of categories.

The award wining toilets in Tenbury came about because of a major flood in the town a decade ago that caused so much damage.

Conveniences that stood near the same spot as the present block were washed away in floods that hit the centre of the town and left some businesses closed for many months.

There was a competition for the design of the new toilets and people had a chance to have a say in what they looked like.

At the end of the process the oat house style was chosen.

Various attempts to get a flood defence scheme for Tenbury over the past 10 years have failed.

The cost was put at £5 million at the time and Government rules meant that Tenbury did not meet the criteria because the benefit was not high enough.

Experts say that the only effective flood protect scheme for Tenbury would involve building a wall around much of the town.

Alternatives such as upstream storage have been ruled out as unworkable as has deepening the River Teme through the town.