WORK is now under way to make Sunderland’s seafront pristine.
Wearsiders were given the chance to suggest what they would like to see improved along the seafront, and many suggested improvements to public toilet facilities.
Now, as a result of the public consultation exercise, refurbishment work on the toilet block next to the Cat and Dogs steps will take place after the Easter bank holiday weekend to make sure they’re ready for summer.
Temporary toilets will be available beside the tram shelter on Whitburn Road while the work takes place. People will also be able to use the public toilets at Marine Walk, Roker and Pier View, Roker which are all well within walking distance.
The work is scheduled to take place over several weeks and will cost £135,000 to complete.
It will include interior improvements with a complete retiling and new fixtures and fittings, and external rendering and structural repairs.
Describing the on-going seafront improvement programme, the leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson said: “With the help of the people who shared their views and suggestions with us during the public consultation exercise, we have a scheduled programme of refurbishment for our seafront.
“We are all very proud of our seafront and want to provide visitors with everything they need to enjoy it. One part of this is obviously making sure there are plenty of public toilets which they can use, and enhancing this block at such a popular location on the seafront will help make a huge difference.
“Our commitment to Roker and Seaburn seafront is clear through the £1.5million Sea Change project to provide new amenities, while a further £2.85million will be spent over the next three years from our capital programme to deliver future improvements including the refurbishment of Roker Pier and Lighthouse.”