Pub boss worried about loss of loos if restaurant plan goes ahead

Sand Dancer owner Stephen Ski is worried about the loss of public toilets.
Sand Dancer owner Stephen Ski is worried about the loss of public toilets.

The potential loss of Gandhi’s Temple as a public toilet would be a real inconvenience to seafront visitors, according to a pub boss.

Ambitious plans to convert one of South Tyneside’s most iconic structures into a seafront fish and chip restaurant have been revealed.

Colmans of South Shields plans to transform the town’s Sea Road bandstand and public convenience, known locally as Gandhi’s Temple, into a new restaurant which will also include a cocktail bar and takeaway. S

tephen Ski, who recently bought the Sand Dancer pub – located just yards from the Temple – welcomes Colmans’ bid to move onto the site.

But he wants assurances that another public convenience will be located in the area to replace it.

He said: “There is precious little toilet provision on the seafront and I’d be worried if it was not replaced. That would be my main concern.

“As for the proposal itself, I would be supportive. It will bring people to the seafront, and that has to be a good thing.”