Clevedon Pier trust takes over control of toilets after major revamp

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 June 2018

Clevedon Pier staff at the newly-renovated toilets. Picture: Ben Park

Clevedon Pier staff at the newly-renovated toilets. Picture: Ben Park

Ben Park

A trust is ‘delighted’ with the newly-revamped seafront toilet block after it formally took control of the building.

The Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust launched plans to refurbish the tired and old facility in Pier Copse which was under threat of closure in 2015 when it was under the ownership of North Somerset Council.

The toilets, which are now owned by Clevedon Town Council, have now undergone a revamp to ensure they can remain open.

The interior has been completely upgraded to include disabled access improvements.

The pier trust has announced it will sign a long-term lease on the block and provide more security for its future.

Chairman Phil Curme said: “To cover the cost of cleaning the loos and providing services a 20p charge per user will be levied.

“There will be a short delay before the 20p locking device is installed but they will remain open until that time.

“In an attempt to make Pier Copse a more attractive place to be on warm summer days, the block now incorporates a kiosk from which snacks, drinks and ice creams can be served.

“Our volunteers are running a three-weekend pilot from Saturday to see how popular this will be.”

The exterior of the block will now get a fresh lick of paint and, with the help of the Clevedon Community Gardeners, the surrounding area will also be tidied up.

The future of the toilets was secured after the trust contracted AG Neads to upgrade the site.

Mr Curme added: “I am delighted the trust has found a way of keeping the Pier Copse toilets open for the public.

“While our sole purpose is to preserve Britain’s only grade I-listed pier for future generations, we are pleased to have been able to extend our support for the community by maintaining these heavily-used facilities.”

The trust, which was overseeing the attraction’s visitor centre project at the time, relies heavily on its growing team of volunteers and is always keen to hear from people who want to help. It has a variety of roles covering a range of pier activities.

For further information, contact Cath Wren on enquiries@clevedonpier.com

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