Weymouth Civic Society criticise design for 'superloo'

Weymouth Civic Society criticise design for 'superloo'

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:11am 30th April 2019.

They say they're 'not appropriate or acceptable.'

Proposals for the new ‘superloo’ on Weymouth Esplanade are ‘not appropriate or acceptable’ according to the town’s Civic Society.

The group say it is concerned that a long line of cubicles will be visible to passers by and detrimental to the appeal of the town as a family resort.

The Society says its comments were emailed to Dorset Council before the April 23th cut off but by April 26th, three days after the deadline, they had still not been included on the council planning website.

Only five comments are recorded by Dorset Council on the application – all from Green Party members, each asking for additional solar panels on the roof of the building. The drawings show 12, all on a north facing roof.

Weymouth Civic Society say in their comment, shared with the Local Democracy Reporting Service, that the £400,000 proposals for the toilets, office and kiosk, are generally welcomed, but express concern about several design elements.

“Clearly, such provision is essential in this area and such a proposal should make a major contribution to facilities for residents and visitors.

“However, we regret that we believe many aspects of the proposed design are simply not appropriate or acceptable in this location, in the busiest and most congested part of the promenade, facing the famous beach, at the very heart of the historic Esplanade.

“We consider that the design is likely to create major practical problems at times when the beach is busy and the aesthetic impact of a long row of unscreened toilet cubicles in the centre of Weymouth’s iconic Esplanade is unacceptable and detrimental to the town’s appeal.

“We believe that the form of the ground floor of the Beach Office building lends itself to a much more practical and pleasing design and we therefore wish to object strongly to these proposals for the ground floor of the building,” said a letter signed by chairman of the society’s planning and environment committee, Pauline Crump.

A decision on the application will be made by a council officer unless the application is deferred to be brought before the first area planning committee of the new Dorset Council in the last week of May.

Because of the timing of the application the final details of the scheme have also not been considered by the new Weymouth Town Council which holds its first meeting on May 14th. Weymouth and Portland borough councillors had given their blessing to the broad outline of the proposals, although had not seen the detailed drawings, prior to the council being disbanded at the end of March.

Work is not expected to start on the building this year.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter

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