Plans to build replacement toilets at the west end of Queens Drive look set to be rubber-stamped next week, with district planning officers backing the scheme.

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The plan is for the existing toilets between the old lifeboat station and the bowling alley to be replaced by new £150,000 facilities, which have been proposed as part of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) regeneration of the seafront.

The new building would be smaller than the existing toilets, but would be of a modern design, including six unisex cubicles, one male urinal, one unisex WC, and one unisex baby changing facility.

The scheme is being paid for by Section 106 contributions by housing developers, and was previously supported by Exmouth Town Council, although town councillors did raise concerns about whether the number of toilets proposed was enough to meet demand.

Ahead of a ruling on planning permission for the scheme by councillors on EDDC’s development management committee (DMC), the council’s planning department has added its backing.

In a report, officers state: “The design features [of the building] are intended to allow for good accessibility for all, be low maintenance, resistant to vandalism, hygienic and have low energy consumption.

“It is considered that its form and scale would sit comfortably between the recently constructed bowling alley and the stone [old lifeboat] station. It would sit comfortably within the Streetscene and would provide modern conveniences along the Exmouth seafront.”

The DMC will rule on the plan at the Knowle in Sidmouth, Tuesday, January 7, at 2pm.

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