Selsey councillor criticises public toilet housing plan

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A SELSEY councillor has criticised plans to demolish public toilets in Selsey, to make way for a house.

Chichester District Council’s planning committee has approved plans to demolish the, now closed, public toilets in East Street to make way for a three bedroom property.

Planning officers recommended approval of the development and Selsey Town Council supported the application.

But Chichester district councillor for the Selsey ward, Fred Roberton, said the design was ‘unimaginative’ and the site could be put to better use.

“I would have thought with a bit of imagination, what we should have been putting here is retirement flats,” he told the committee.

“It would have made good use of the land.

“The loss of the toilets is just not a good idea.

“I think it’s an unimaginative plan and new toilets should have been put in the car park opposite.

“I’m totally against it.”

However Janet Duncton gave the proposal her seal of approval.

“These toilets have been closed for some time,” she said.

“It will be an improvement.

“It will provide somebody of any age with a house.

“I think this a step in the right direction. I’m going to support this application.”

The committee gave the plans the green light, with 12 members voting in favour and four voting against the plan.