More of Plymouth’s public toilets are set for a revamp

The public loos around Plymouth’s famous Hoe foreshore are set for a major face lift this year.

The package of improvement works include the toilets at West Hoe Park, the Hoe Promenade and Tinside, are all part of the Council’s continued commitment to improve the city’s public toilets.

Deputy Council Leader Patrick Nicholson approved the funding for the package of improvement works which will cost £709,755 and is being funded through the Council’s capital programme.

Councillor Mike Leaves, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and the Environment said: “We know that investing in these improvements to our public toilets will also help build on the success of previous work and help to improve the visitor’s experience of Plymouth’s waterfront public spaces.”

The new loos will include unisex toilets with mother and baby changing facilities, toilets for those with disabilities and showers. Toilets such as these were installed last year at Southway, Richmond Walk and Devil’s Point and are able to be automatically scheduled to open and close to avoid antisocial behaviour.

Work is due to start at West Hoe Park in the New Year and will be finished by the spring. The works on the Hoe Promenade will be completed in time for Summer.  The Hoe Foreshore toilets at Tinside are directly linked to the larger redevelopment of the Terrace Café and these works will not be completed in their entirety before spring 2019.

These works continue improvements to similar facilities across the city, including The Barbican which was  awarded ‘Platinum Status’ in the National ‘Loo of the Year’ Awards in 2014 in recognition of their high quality.