New toilets for West Hoe ‘will stop anti-social behaviour’

Shiny new toilets have opened at West Hoe and are designed to combat anti-social behaviour.

The public toilets have eight unisex cubicles and two accessible toilets. The block has been created in the same style as the toilets on the Barbican – automatically scheduled to open and close, “to avoid anti-social behaviour”.

You also won’t need to make sure you have change on you to use them, as the toilets all have card readers.

The West Hoe toilets were demolished last year as the council deemed “they were very dated with tired fixtures and fittings”, as well as having entrances obscured from public view that encouraged anti-social behaviour.

The new toilets also have a render finish with Plymouth limestone finish to the north and south facade.

Councillor Mark Lowry, cabinet member for finance said: “Making improvements to our toilets all across the waterfront is fantastic for not just visitors, but residents of this area and across Plymouth.

“We have all cherished our green and blue spaces over the last few months, we are so lucky to live in such beautiful place.

“Accessible and family-friendly facilities means more people will be able to enjoy this part of the city, I am delighted that we are able to provide brand new loos in West Hoe.”

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Lord Mayor Councillor Chris Mavin, Project Manager Helen Trenerry at the opening of the new West Hoe toilets (Image: Plymouth City Council)

Festival-style toilets for Plymouth Hoe

A festival-style toilet compound is being set up on Plymouth Hoe while a block is upgraded.

Ten plastic cubicles including two with disabled access will be fenced off in the car park area at the end of the Promenade off Hoe Road.

The units will be 2m apart to comply with social distancing and there will be a one-way system for queuing with a separate entrance and exit.

The fenced compound of unisex pods has been given planning permission and is due to be in place while the nearby block is refurbished.

The Hoe Promenade toilet block next to Valenti’s Cafe Bar was closed due to coronavirus restrictions and will not reopen until conversion work is complete.

Plans show it will have six pay-to-enter unisex cubicles, one with disabled access and one Changing Places cubicle.

That will have more space and extra equipment for people who cannot use a standard disabled toilet.

Six objectors to the original planning application for the refurbishment all asked for a Changing Places toilet to be included.

The original plans have now been changed to put in the Changing Places unit instead of a store and office.

There will be a new paved path and grassed area outside, with an outdoor water bottle filler.

Details of the scheme are due to be signed off by the city council before construction work can start.

Plymouth Live