£14,000 new toilets on Sidmouth seafront set to be completed by summer

A trio of new public toilets on Sidmouth seafront can be built in time for summer after town councillors agreed to spend £14,000 on the project.

The five-figure outlay on the loos on the west end of The Esplanade was rubber-stamped last night (Monday).

A local contractor has been lined up to carry out the necessary work at the Seafront Amenity Building.

Sidmouth Town Council chairman Ian Barlow told colleagues: “We need to get this moved on, even though the budget hasn’t come up, we need to get it going so we can get these toilets in place and they need to be built by the season.

“We have got a quote for it…it’s a local contractor that will be building these. The amount’s been agreed and its within that budget.”

Members voted to support the scheme.

It was proposed that £7,497 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money – cash from developers – is used for the project.

A further £6,502 from the authority’s reserves has also been earmarked.

Additional funding for cleaning and opening will then need to be included in the council’s budget.

The Seafront Amenity Building, also known as The Arches, currently features a single loo, showers and a water refill station.

Public toilets at the Three-Cornered Plot are currently the nearest conveniences to the area.

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