£500k public toilet revamp timing fears


A key tourism leader in Skegness has reacted cautiously to news that two of the town’s main toilet blocks will be out of commission for several months.

The toilets on Lumley Square and Tower Esplanade are set to close in the coming days for major renovation work - part of a £500,000 project to revamp a number of the district’s public conveniences.

But the decision to have both out of commission at the same time, and in the case of Tower Esplanade, remaining shut until close to Easter, has prompted words of caution from the Skegness, East Coast and Wolds Hoteliers Association.

Chairman Nigel Tett said he hoped directions to other toilets would be made very clear during the works.

He also added: “These are the quietest times of year, but I do hope they do run to time and don’t run over”.

The toilets at Lumley Square are set to be closed from November 11 until January 31. Tower Esplanade’s will close on November 18 - after the beach races - and not reopen until April 4.

While they are closed they will undergo a major refit - including redecoration, the installation of new cubicle doors and vanity units, energy efficient motion sensored flushing and hand driers and proximity sensor operated lighting.

The town’s other public toilets will be open as usual during this time, with signs in place advising the public of these alternative facilities.

Portfolio Holder for the Environment at the Council, Cllr Steve Newton, saidthe timing was intended to minimise disruption to visitors.

He said: “We have scheduled this work for what is traditionally a quieter time of year in Skegness while still being open in time for Easter so as to minimise disruption on local people and visitors.”

“We have been pleased to be able to invest heavily in public toilets over recent years to bring them up to a good standard.

“We operate 24 blocks of public toilets across East Lindsey but many are old and in need of improvement.”

As part of the improvement programme, the district council has already refurbished several other blocks of public toilets.