New Lamlash toilets get the go ahead

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Lamlash is to get a brand new toilet facilities to replace the rundown block at the pier.

Lamlash Improvements Association have received planning permission to replace the existing toilet building with a new facility which will include a shelter and a notice board providing local information.

The site is on the seafront which is a focal point for visitors to Lamlash being between the pier and yacht club and the village green, as well as beside a a substantial children’s playground.

The existing building which is prone to flooding, is currently owned by North Ayrshire Council, and is leased by the village improvements association. Negotiations are underway to transfer the ownership of the toilet building and the surrounding parcel of land to the association under an asset transfer agreement.

Since taking on the lease of the building, Lamlash Improvements have had the outside of the building painted, made some minor improvements to the inside facilities, and keep the inside clean as best they can. However, due to the damp issues the general appearance is remains shabby and have a persistent damp odour which is disheartening for the volunteer cleaning teams.

A brief was developed with Lamlash Improvements to replace the existing building with a new facility which would be mindful of the proximity of the sea, provide accessible toilet facilities, and offer seating next to an information board which will provide information about Lamlash and the surrounding area, including a map with local facilities marked, local history and sites that can be visited, walks and cycling paths, details of the geological features of the area, and what flora and fauna can be seen.

In a statement in support of the planning application the association stated: ‘The facility is to have two unisex toilets, one of which will be fully accessible, and a cupboard for cleaning materials. The interior will have robust finishes that will be easy to keep clean and maintain. Due to the proximity to the playground and the pier, it is anticipated that the facilities will be used by residents and visitors of all ages.

‘On one side, the seating will overlook the playground where parents might sit whilst their children play and, on the opposite side, overlooking Lamlash Bay. It is intended to ask that the hedge to the playground be reduced in height to improve visibility both from the shelter to the playground and from the main road to the facilities.

‘To flag the facilities from the road and also to address the nautical context of the boatyard, it is proposed that a mast and rigging extend above the roof. External finishes for the building are proposed to be robust, durable and low maintenance,’ it added.

Meanwhile, a new toilet block in Whiting Bay is nearing completion. The new facilities built by Whiting Bay and District Improvements, will upgrade the previous facilities at Sandbraes park.

The existing toilet block in Lamlash which is to be replaced. 01_B19toilet01

A sketch of how the new toilet block and seating will look.  NO_B19toilet02

The new toilet block in Whiting Bay. 01_B19toilet03