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Seeking your views on Lymington Quay - Aug/Sept 19

New Forest District Council (NFDC), Lymington and Pennington Town Council and the Lymington Harbour Commission are inviting people to give their views on improvements to facilities at Lymington Quay. The three organisations are working together to look at improving the public areas of the quayside, including the toilets.

Councillor Alison Hoare, NFDC portfolio holder for environment and regulatory services, said:

"The NFDC toilet block is due for modernisation so we are taking the opportunity to work together with the Town Council and the Harbour Commission to make the most of the opportunity to look at the whole Quay and consider if we could improve it.

"As part of developing our plans, we are asking interested local residents, businesses, river users and visitors to complete a short survey on what they value and what they think could be improved."

Lymington Quay is one of the town's main retail and visitor focal points used by shoppers, tourists and river users including sailors and fishermen. The Quay itself contains two car parks, the slipway, flood wall and the public toilet block, which includes showers for visiting boat users. The quayside also forms an important part of the flood defences of the town, with the public toilets building integrated into this structure.

The three partners are considering improvements now because the NFDC public toilets are due to be upgraded as part of the council's modernisation programme. The council is keen to ensure that any improvements meet the current and future needs of users, as well as maintaining the flood defences of the town.

Lymington and Pennington Town Council sees an opportunity to enhance this part of the town and is considering whether the car parking areas could be transformed into mixed use to provide an area of open space suitable for events and markets.

The NFDC toilet block currently includes shower and washroom facilities provided by Lymington Harbour Commission for visiting yachtsmen and women. The Harbour Commission wishes to upgrade these facilities to help the harbour to compete with other nearby destinations.

More information and a short survey is available at www.newforest.gov.uk/LymQuay and paper versions will be available from Lymington Town Hall, NFDC information offices and various shops and businesses at the Quay, from 12 August.  

Responses can be submitted until 23 September by completing the survey online or by returning paper survey forms back into Lymington Town Hall or NFDC's Appletree Court offices during office hours.

Published: 12 Aug 2019
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