New public loos for Beach Green agreed

Public toilets, Beach Green
Public toilets, Beach Green

THE ‘awful’ public toilets on Beach Green are set to have a beach-hut style makeover in an effort to brighten up the seafront scene.

The current conveniences are to be renovated to include three new pitched roofs and the outside will be clad in wood painted grey, blue and yellow.

But the plans were not to everyone’s tastes.

Resident Lydia Schilbach who managed the award-winning Sensory Garden Project at Wenceling Gardens, criticised the ‘lazy, pastiche’ design’.

At last Monday’s planning meeting, Ms Schilbach said she was pleased Adur Council was investing money in a ‘desperately-needed’ revamp of the facilities, but argued the design was too simplistic and that Lancing deserved better.

She quoted the Lancing Vision document which states planners should ‘aim for design excellence’, and for Lancing to ‘develop its own identity’.

“We have the opportunity to really go for something different,” she said, suggesting a modern design with a ‘green roof’ covered in living grass.

“It’s up to us all to set the standard and set it high. Is this really the best we can do,” she asked.

Carol Albury disagreed and spoke in favour of the plans

“I hate to oppose Lydia Schilbach but I think this is a really nice design,” she said. “I can see it working.

“I think it would be a very nice addition and will greatly enhance the area.”

Other councillors also backed the plans,
with Peter Metcalfe, Geoff Patmore and Brian Coomber all praising the designs.

Mr Patmore said: “I can’t see any problem with this at all. It will enhance what is absolutely awful and looks like a prison block at the moment.”

The committee voted unanimously to approve the plans.

Lancing Parish Council chairman James Butcher said: “This is excellent news with the toilets coming online right for next season and hopefully with beach showers provided by the parish council.

“The green will have a totally new look to it next year. We just need to make sure we keep the regeneration momentum going forward.”

Frances Smith, of Lancing Regeneration, said she liked the designs and was really pleased the plans had been approved.