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Safety concerns have meant a delay to the planned reopening of the public toilets opposite Sandown Pier.

The site is earmarked for a complete redevelopment under the Isle of Wight Council’s Eastern Bay Regeneration Plan, and whilst the project was being drawn up the toilets were intended to remain open for holiday periods this year.

However, when getting the toilets ready this Easter the Council found there had been deterioration of the building over the winter, which means the facility cannot be opened safely.

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Cabinet member for regeneration and business development Councillor Wayne Whittle said:

“We have identified Pier Street as a key part of our plans to revitalise the seafront at Sandown, and we will be publishing plans for a contemporary, low-rise building at Pier Street that will enhance the location, provide a better visitor experience, and respect the conservation area.

“It is disappointing that we will not be able to open the existing toilets this Easter, but I can confirm our intention is still to redevelop the site and reopen a more modern and appropriate feature, including a public convenience facility.

“In the meantime, we are considering whether it will be possible to provide temporary toilets at peak times”.

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