Public pay-as-you-go loos coming to Honiton will cost 40p to use

New public loos for a car park in Honiton will cost 40p to use and must be paid for using phones or contactless bank cards.

New public loos are on the way for Honiton’s Lace Walk car park, writes local democracy reporter Will Goddard.

The current toilet block has five female and two male cubicles, two urinals and a cubicle for people with disabilities.

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An artist’s impression of the new Honiton Lace Walk car park loos. Image: EDDC/Kendall Kingscott.

The current Honiton Lace Walk car park toilets.
Image: EDDC.

The new block will have red-brick-faced walls, painted metal doors in a “suitable heritage colour” (not multicoloured as pictured) and a flat roof with solar panels. It will have five unisex and two disabled toilets, opening onto the pavement as well as a bike rack, seating and a water bottle refill point.

Users will have to pay 40p to spend a penny with a contactless payment card or phone.

Cllr Yehudi Levine (Lib Dem, Dunkeswell and Otterhead) welcomed the rebuild.

He said: “I walk past this building once a week at least and it’s horrible.

“We want to attract visitors to the area… and in order to do that, you’ve got to give them something that they expect: modern facilities.

“I think that this is a need for our tourist industry as well as our local residents.”

But Cllr Alasdair Bruce (Independent, Feniton) was not impressed with the design.  He said: “Those [new facilities]look absolutely appalling compared to the existing building.

“I think most people would agree the existing building matches far better the current fabric of the area.

“If that was anything other than a public toilet and we were talking about a building for dwelling or whatever, we would all be looking at that in horror.”

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An artist’s impression of the new Honiton Lace Walk car park loos. Image: EDDC/Kendall Kingscott.

The new Lace Walk lavatories come as part of a wider East Devon District Council (EDDC) scheme to refurbish or rebuild 15 ‘category A’ public conveniences across the district at an estimated cost of £5 million.

Another 12 category B and C loos EDDC cannot afford to run have been offered for commercial operators to repurpose them into cafes, takeaways or community hubs – although the public must still be able to go to the loo there – and also to town and parish councils to run in place of EDDC.

East Devon’s public toilets are ranked as follows:

Category A

West Street car park, Axminster

Cliff Path (West End/Steamer), Budleigh Salterton

East End (Lime Kiln), Budleigh Salterton

Jubilee Gardens, Beer

Foxholes car park, Exmouth

Magnolia Centre (London Inn), Exmouth

Manor Gardens, Exmouth

Phear Park, Exmouth

Queens Drive, Exmouth

Lace Walk, Honiton

West Walk, Seaton

Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth

Triangle, Sidmouth

Market Place, Sidmouth

Ham car park (new site), Sidmouth

Categories B and C    

Orcombe Point, Exmouth    

The Maer, Exmouth

Imperial Road, Exmouth

Jarvis Close, Exmouth

Seaton Hole, Seaton

Harbour Road, Seaton

Marsh Road, Seaton

Brook Road, Budleigh Salterton

Station Road, Budleigh Salterton

Dolphin Street, Colyton

King Street, Honiton

Port Royal, Sidmouth

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