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The old toilet block opposite Sandown Pier is to be given a new lease of life under proposals being brought forward by the Isle of Wight Council.

The building and the shop which forms a part of it is due to be completely renovated as part of proposals to revitalise this key part of Sandown Esplanade under the Isle of Wight Council’s Eastern Bay Regeneration Plan.

The toilets were temporarily reopened this summer, but the age of the building means that something new will be needed to keep this facility for the longer term.

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Ideas for the location include a redesigned building providing a new food and drink outlet, a separate, new public convenience facility and enhanced outdoor areas.

Now there is a chance to meet the architects and the project team and see how this important part of Sandown’s seafront can be brought back into full use. There will be a drop-in exhibition at the Broadway Centre, Sandown from 18:00 to 20:00 on Thursday 14th November.

Assistant Director of Regeneration Paul Thomas said:

“Given the prominence of the site, there is a great opportunity to replace the current property with a contemporary design that will help regenerate this area.

“We know that this is a particularly well-used and important part of the seaside offering at Sandown, and we are keen to make this location much more attractive to locals and tourists alike.”

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Mark Dunsford

Good to things moving forwards though I hope the impact of doubling the building’s height on businesses on that corner like the Royal Pier Hotel and Flanagans won’t be an issue.

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