Pic: Jack Shirley

There are no toilets opposite Sandown Pier this Easter break says the Isle of Wight Council, as it announces a delay in opening them because of fears over safety.

The site is earmarked for a complete redevelopment under the Eastern Bay Regeneration Plan.

It had been planned that the toilets were intended to remain open, but the local authority says deterioration of the building over the winter means it cannot be opened safely.

Cabinet member for regeneration and business development Councillor Wayne Whittle said:

“We have identified Pier Street as a key part of our plans to revitalise the seafront at Sandown, and we will be publishing plans for a contemporary, low-rise building at Pier Street that will enhance the location, provide a better visitor experience, and respect the conservation area.

“It is disappointing that we will not be able to open the existing toilets this Easter, but I can confirm our intention is still to redevelop the site and reopen a more modern and appropriate feature, including a public convenience facility. In the meantime, we are considering whether it will be possible to provide temporary toilets at peak times.”