Plans to spend £130,000 improving public toilets in Brightlingsea have been agreed.
Tendring District Council’s Cabinet today (Friday, September 14) voted to spend the section 106 money – cash given by developers for public realm improvements – to upgrade the amenity in Promenade Way.
Talks are ongoing with Brightlingsea Town Council about other funding streams for the works, but Cabinet councillors agreed to approve the money so it was available if needed.
Cabinet also agreed to keep the toilets in Rosemary Road, Clacton, free to use.
Under the Public Conveniences Strategy adopted last year, it had been planned to introduce a charge once refurbishment had been carried out.
But in recognition of the challenges being faced by Clacton town centre retailers, Tendring District Council (TDC) has now dropped those plans in support of businesses.
Council leader Neil Stock said both decisions were important.
“Clacton town centre is the subject of ongoing work, with the new working party coming up and the M&S store closure, so it is not appropriate to consider charging for the refurbished toilets at this time,” Cllr Stock said.
“With Brightlingsea there may be other funding, but what is important is that these toilets are refurbished before next summer as they are an important part of the tourist offer there – especially for beach hut owners.”