Clevedon Town Council donates thousands to civic society toilet project

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 August 2017

Derelict former gents toilet block opposite Clevedon Pier toll house.

Derelict former gents toilet block opposite Clevedon Pier toll house.

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Clevedon Civic Society has secured funding worth thousands of pounds to transform an 'eyesore' part of the seafront.

The society wants to remove a former gents’ toilet block in The Beach and install a seating area in its place.

The group also wants to install plants and signs pointing visitors to nearby shops and parks.

Clevedon Town Council has now committed to donating up to £4,000 towards the project, matching the civic society’s original pledge.

Bob Hardcastle, chairman of the civic society’s environment group, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this news.

“The society has pledged up to £4,000 as well towards the scheme, which we hope will be completed by the end of this year.

“The area has been an eyesore for some time following the closure of the gent’s toilets, and their relocation nearby in the toilets block in Pier Copse.

“So this is great news all round.”

The society is now arranging a meeting with North Somerset Council to discuss the project with a view to work starting this year.

But the council insists no decision has yet been made on the future of the site.

A spokesman said: “Discussions are underway with regards to the disused men’s toilets opposite the pier.

“No decision has been made yet and options are still being explored.”

The Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust has been operating the Pier Copse toilets since its own facilities were out of use of during the building of the pier’s visitor centre.

But many residents still feel there are not enough public facilities in the town – particularly on the seafront.

In 2015, a petition signed by more than 400 people was handed in to the town council calling for the Pier Copse toilets to remain open following the visitor centre project’s completion.

Although the pier trust has continued to operate the toilets, they are only open during its opening hours.

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