A newly refurbished set of public toilets has been opened up on Harwich Quay.

Tendring District Council (TDC) has given the facility a new lease of life with the upgrade, which includes granite-style interiors and historic pictures of the area. The interior was reconfigured to provide a fully-accessible disabled toilet, where previously there was no disabled provision at the site. New all-in-one soap, water and hand drier sink units have been installed, and the area outside has also been paved and landscaped, making the whole area more attractive. The improvements cost around £30,000 to complete, with the works being carried out in-house by the Council – meaning it could spend a penny, rather than pounds. Mick Skeels, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said he was impressed with the works.

“These new-look facilities are light, clean, and a real asset for the area,” he said.
“The Quay at Harwich is a tourist area, with a number of attractions nearby, and one set to become more popular as the Mayflower 400 celebrations gear-up for 2020.
“However, this amenity is just one example of our longer-term strategy for public toilets, where we have closed down some lesser-used facilities which cost a lot to maintain in areas where there are nearby alternatives, and invested in upgrading our remaining loos.”

For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.
Attached image shows (from left) Ian Taylor, head of public realm, Cllr Mick Skeels, two members of TDC’s engineering team and Andrew Nepean, technical officer, outside the revamped toilets. Picture credit: Will Lodge/TDC