New facilities to spend a penny at Front Strand
Tourists visiting Youghal next summer can expect to see new toilets on the town’s Front Strand along with a new lookout station for lifeguards.
The state-of-the-art toilets are to be built on the ground floor while the lifeguard lookout facility will be built overhead.
Cllr Mary Linehan-Foley, who lives in the town, welcomed the announcement when she had asked officials about progress on the project at a meeting, last week, of the East Cork Municipal District Council. Municipal officer Joe McCarthy said the detailed design had been completed and the project had gone to tender.
He hoped construction would start either next January or February after a former toilet block had been demolished.
Mr McCarthy said envisaged the facilities would be opened in time for the start of the 2019 tourism season. Open-air showers would also be placed beside the building.
Cllr Linehan-Foley said she was delighted the old toilets were going to be replaced, describing them as being in an “unbelievably bad condition”.
When told about the shower units going on the Front Strand beach, she inquired if shower facilities could be provided at the nearby Claycastle beach, to coincide with the running of next year’s Ironman triathlon in the region.
But Mr McCarthy said there were no proposals at present to carry out such work.
The disappointed councillor said: “It wouldn’t cost a fortune.”