New seafront toilet bid

PUBLISHED: 15:29 30 November 2013

Queens Drive toilets

Queens Drive toilets

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The public toilets next to the old lifeboat station on Exmouth seafront are set to be demolished and new £150,000 facilities built.

The proposals are part of East Devon District Council’s vision to regenerate the seafront, and will form part of the new Splash proposals.

The plans, submitted by EDDC last week, are the latest proposals to demolish an historic Exmouth seafront building and replace it with a new facility.

In October the Elizabeth Hall and the toilets were demolished to make way for a Premier Inn.

The demolition has meant that facilities next to the old lifeboat station are the only public seafront toilets between the seafront and the marina.

Assuming the new toilets receive planning permission, during the period the new facilities are being built the nearest seafront toilets will be a mile up the road opposite the new lifeboat station.

The new timber-clad building, which will be debated by town planners next week, would be smaller than the existing facilities. But the modern design would include six unisex cubicles, one male urinal, one unisex-accessible WC, and one unisex baby changing facility, and would be paid for from developer contributions called Section 106 money.

Last month district bosses backed Exmouth Rowing Club’s move into the old lifeboat station.

A district council spokesman said: “The new toilets, along with the refurbishment of the old lifeboat station for Exmouth Rowing Club, forms the first part of the Queen’s Drive regeneration. The new leisure area is a key element of the Exmouth vision to change the town centre and seafront to establish the resort as an attractive 21st century destination for residents, businesses and visitors.

“The £150,000 has been generated from the planning obligations that come from the sale of the Elizabeth Hall site, providing new, modern toilet facilities meeting all health, safety and design standards including six unisex cubicles, one male urinal, one unisex accessible WC, and one unisex baby changing facility.”

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