Study needed at Chichester public toilet site

AN archaeological study may be needed after the demolition of a former public toilet in Chichester, district councillors were told.

The southern area development control committee heard the building at Friary Lane was in a part of the city occupied throughout most of the Middle Ages by a Dominican friary. As a result it might have escaped the sorts of ‘invasive occupation’ that characterised most of the rest of the medieval and post-medieval city.

Because of this it might not only contain structures, including burials, associated with the monastic site, but also possibly well-preserved Roman and early medieval deposits beneath.

Archaeological officer James Kenny said if the foundations for a proposed new flint wall were deep enough to impact on significant deposits, an archaeological observation might be warranted.

The committee voted in favour of granting conservation area consent to demolish the building, which will be replaced with public parking spaces forming part of the East Pallant public car park, a wall next to Friary Lane and landscaping. The application will be referred to the environment secretary for the final decision –with a recommendation to permit.