Dorset Council has approved the refurbishment and extension of the existing Beach Office.
The development, which is on Weymouth Esplanade, will provide extra toilets, extended kiosk and first floor office with lift access.
Cllr Tony Ferrari, Dorset Council’s Finance, Commercial and Assets Portfolio Holder, said:
“I am pleased our planning committee have been able to approve refurbishment of the Weymouth Beach Office with much needed toilet facilities. I look forward to seeing these works improve Weymouth visitor’s experience of the Town”
Cllr David Northam, Weymouth Town Council Chairman of the Service Committee, said:
“This is great news. The enhancement of the toilet facilities will be a much valued asset to the Town; providing the quality of conveniences that our community and visitors expect”
In 2018, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Management Committee agreed funding for improved toilet facilities in central Weymouth.
These facilities will be a conversion of the ground floor area of the existing Beach Office. To maximise the amount of available space, works will also include an extension to the Beach Office at first floor level. They will also include a small extension to the northern end of the building. This will provide a lettable unit.
What will be available?
The ground floor will provide 22 unisex toilets including accessible toilets, changing places space, a parent room, and a family room. There will also be lettable space and external showers for those enjoying Weymouth’s award winning beach.
The new beach office will be located on the top floor, and have an outdoor balcony for surveillance.
How will it be delivered?
Dorset Council will be responsible for delivering the facility. Weymouth Town Council will then take on the management once it has been built.
The aim is to begin works in October 2019, following the end of the busy tourism season, with a view to complete works in spring 2020. This will minimise disruption to both residents and visitors.