THE borough's Wetherspoons pubs have again won acclaim for the quality and standards of their toilets in the Loo of the Year Awards.

The Glass House on Market Street and The Running Horses on Water Street, both in St Helens town centre, together with The Nine Arches in Legh Street, Newton-le-Willows, have each been awarded a platinum rating by inspectors.

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The awards are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of 'away from home' toilet provision across the UK.

Loo of the Year Awards inspectors make unannounced visits to thousands of toilets at sites across the UK, in order to judge them.

All of the toilets are graded silver, gold, platinum or diamond with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.

The toilets are judged against numerous criteria, including décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment and overall management.

Glass House manager, Michael Flynn, said: "We are delighted with the award. Staff at the pub ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors."

The Loo of the Year Awards 2019 managing director, Mike Bone,added: "The toilets at the three pubs have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

"The pubs richly deserve their platinum awards."