Well used public toilets in Bognor Regis have been given a reprieve.
The loos in the London Road car park will be rebuilt when the site, and the adjoining coach and lorry park, become planned student housing.
The unanimous decision was made by Arun District Council’s cabinet on Monday. Its Lib Dem members reversed the agreement by Arun’s former Conservative rulers to demolish the conveniences.
Council deputy leader Cllr Francis Oppler (LD, Orchard) backed the U-turn.He said: “I am grateful to Cllr Matt Stanley (cabinet member for technical services) for looking into this issue because it’s something that has been close to my heart for a very long time.
“I campaigned very strongly against the potential redevelopment and loss of the toilets from the coach and lorry park.
“It’s very important to retain the toilet facilities. They are very well used.
“Members of the public who live on the Glenwood Estate, who go into town, go through that route.
“It’s adjacent to Edward Bryant School, with parents who have got young children. They have got that facility to use and it’s also very close to the library.”
The nearest toilets were on the other side of Hotham Park, he said.
The cabinet’s decision will mean Arun will accept a £50,000 cut in the confidential fee it had agreed with its chosen developer for the proposed student housing. In return, the company will build new public toilets. A planning application for the scheme is expected soon.
The number of public long-term car parking spaces will remain the same at 98 pay and display spaces, six disabled bays and a motorcycle bay.
Arun group head of technical services Nat Slade told the cabinet it cost an average of £12,000 a year to clean and service a block of toilets. It also cost £1,000-£1,500 annually for supplies and £2,000 for work.