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Letter: It's time to look at the whole Lymington quay area, not just the toilets

SIR – I fear that the rush to avoid a refusal of the current planning application for Lymington’s Town Quay toilets (A&T, 23rd April) may lead to a compromise that the town, its town council and the Lymington Society may come to regret.

Attention has been focused, understandably, on replacing the toilet block. However, more thought should be given the quay area as a whole.

Lymington Town Quay design by Snug architects
Lymington Town Quay design by Snug architects

Historically, Lymington has developed from its early riverside settlement. The quay itself has never had a “Georgian aesthetic" into which it needs to blend. Any modernisation needs to be sympathetic to the present location and maritime activity.

There are two problems: design of the building and its footprint. The existing footprint of the toilet block in the centre of the site presents a huge stumbling block.

Moving the building would immediately open up an opportunity to redesign the whole wider quay area, not just the public toilets and showers.

New Forest District Council must be careful to determine this planning application with the support of the whole community it serves.

Ray Mayes,

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