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An artists impression of new toilets and lost children's centre proposed for land just south of Central Pier.
An artists impression of new toilets and lost children's centre proposed for land just south of Central Pier.
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Proposals to build new public toilets on Blackpool Promenade have been granted planning permission.

The scheme on land just south of Central Pier, will also include a lost children’s centre and a small commercial unit.

Danfo, which already operates the resort’s public conveniences on behalf of the council, will fund the project out of savings it has made on its existing contract.

For many years there have been no public toilets on the Promenade between Central Pier and Starr Gate.

Graham Atkinson, a manager at The Bond Hotel on Bond Street, South Shore, which caters for disabled guests, said they heard a lot of complaints about the lack of public toilets along that stretch of the Prom.

He said: “I have to tell guests to go to McDonalds because they are the only accessible facilities at the moment.

“So it has been a problem.

“We would definitely welcome this scheme on behalf of our guests. There are so many fantastic things happening in Blackpool at the moment, so it is good the council is providing the facilities like this that people need as well.”

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It will be a welcome improvement to have toilets on the Promenade in a central location.

“We feel this is a worthwhile proposal for residents and visitors alike and does not impact on the public purse.”

There will be nine toilets in the building which will be single storey.

Planners agreed to the proposals using their delegated powers.

A council report said: “Given the more modern design of more recent buildings on the Promenade, such as Festival House, the contemporary approach taken to this project is considered to be acceptable.”

The council first revealed proposals to build new toilets last autumn, when it was revealed the cost would be around £125,000.

The last new public toilets to open in Blackpool were in 2009 when a facility was unveiled by Danfo in Central Car Park.

The building replaced the former toilets, which were demolished, and which were the last remaining piece of the former Central Railway Station which closed down in 1964.