BEACH users are set to benefit after plans for a new toilet block were approved.
An application to refurbish the public toilets at the northern end of Long Sands beach at Grand Parade in Tynemouth was approved by North Tyneside Council’s planning committee.
The applicants – the owners of the current Crusoe’s café at the opposite end of the beach – will extend the current single storey building into two storeys, with the café on the upper floor and a fish and chip kiosk and new public toilet facilities on the ground floor.
And the outside of the existing brick building will be given a new look with cedar boarding and new doors and windows.
Mayor Linda Arkley said: “This toilet block was outdated and in need of a facelift, so I’m delighted with this plan that will retain public toilets and deliver a valuable new venture for users of Long Sands.
“Our overall approach to coastal regeneration is looking to secure improvements to all our toilet provision and beach provision.
“By inviting private operators to considering taking on the former toilet blocks for new ventures – but subject to public toilets being retained – we aim to deliver real improvements.”
The council has prepared a Coastal Regeneration Strategy, which aims to reinvigorate the coast – from St Mary’s Island to North Shields Fish Quay – by developing an improved image of the area, building upon its natural, cultural, heritage and tourism assets.
Around £3m has been allocated by the local authority to regenerate the coast, with Cullercoats Bay being the main area of focus for the first phase of funding.
The next phase focuses on Long Sands South.
Current facilities such as the toilets, beach access and buildings have already been identified as requiring improvement through wider consultation carried out in preparing the strategy.