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GREEN LIGHT FOR MARTELLO TOILETS REBUILD

November 10th, 2017.


Seaford Town Councillors have recently agreed to spend up to £280,000 on new seafront toilets and an additional concession at the Martello end of Seaford seafront.


The new design will incorporate a Changing Places disabled toilet unit, as requested by the public in the recent consultation. To accommodate the larger space needed for this, one of the concessions has been removed from the building and the existing one will be retained. Three extra toilet cubicles have been added, making a total of ten toilets including the disabled unit.

The Council also listened to the feedback that 61% of residents would prefer not to have mixed sex toilets. Therefore, all the cubicles will be gender specific except for the disabled and child changing toilets.

The final amendments will be made to the design before the contract is put out for tender to construct the new building to ensure the best value. The funds for the toilets have been raised by the sale of a small plot of land and the ongoing beach hut sales at the seafront.

The new toilets are a key part of The Town Councils £2.3 million improvement plan for the Seafront which is in year one of a three-year project.

The design chosen followed initial feedback to designs considered by the Council in January and is designed to be reflective of the Martello Tower, as well as the nearby beach huts.

The new toilets have been designed by local architects Challoner Hall to be easier and less costly to maintain. They consist of seven individual toilets facilities, which means that when one is out of action for cleaning or repair the rest are still available for use.

The new facility will be of a much higher standard than the existing facilities, with higher quality sanitary ware and higher specification equipment such as automatic lighting and easy clean cubicles to keep running costs to a minimum.

The new toilets will be cleaned on an increased basis with extra on-site cleaning during very busy periods to ensure the high standards are maintained. They include a dedicated disabled toilet which will be accessed via radar key holders free of charge. The remaining toilets will have a charge of 20 pence. This is to enable additional cleaning to take place and it also deters vandalism and misuse of the facilities which will also have CCTV all around the outside of the building.

The new design also includes a new sheltered bench to replace the existing one which 81% of residents responding to the consultation said should be retained.

At the same meeting the Town Councillors also agreed to take over the cleaning of the Martello toilets through a new cleaning contractor to be appointed to commence cleaning duties early in 2018. This was in response to public concerns about the cleaning standards of the toilets over the past 12 months.