Plans to improve seafront toilets have been formally approved by councillors.
Work will now get underway to improve the public conveniences on Watts Slope, in Whitley Bay.
Members of North Tyneside Council’s planning committee approved the plans at their meeting on Tuesday.
They were told the facilities will be reconfigured so the toilets occupy only part of the existing building, with a commercial unit being created in the remainder.
The application also included plans to revamp a disused storeroom at Dukes Walk, next to the Rendezvous Cafe.
Improvements will also be made on the Links, creating a new path between the Spanish City plaza and northern promenade as well as new footpaths, hard-standing for events, and benches.
Welcoming the plans, Coun Muriel Green said: “I welcome these improvements to both sets of toilets on the seafront.
“Some seaside towns are often judged on their toilets so it’s really important we get these upgraded and improved as soon as possible.”
Whitley Bay ward councillor Sandra Graham said: “We’ve been working with park runners to provide space for them to run around the hard standing area to increase fitness within North Tyneside.
“I’m very pleased to support this application.”
Work at Watts Slope is expected to take up to 15 weeks, with alternative facilities available next to the Rendezvous Cafe. The new toilet block is set to open in early spring and will remain free to use.
Work at Dukes Walk would not start until the Watts Slope toilets are complete, to ensure toilet facilities remain available at the coast.