New fa­cil­i­ties to spend a penny at Front Strand

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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.”

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