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