Public toilets will reopen near The Dome site for the first time in seven years.
The loos on the seafront will be open on certain weekends and bank holidays- hopefully starting some time later this year.
There was a public outcry after the toilets shut down in 2009 due to Lancaster City Council cuts.
But Morecambe Town Council has announced plans to bring them back. This comes after a residents survey revealed public loos was their number one priority for improving the town.
The toilets will cost 20p to use and will only be open at weekends and bank holidays between the months of April and October.
The plans were revealed as Morecambe Town Council unveiled its budget for 2016/17.
“The budget covers most of the things people wanted us to do,” said Councillor Darren Clifford, chairman of the town council.
“And we’re going to do them with no extra money from council tax. Everything we’re doing is giving people in the Morecambe Town Council area extra on top of what they are getting (from Lancaster City Council).”
The town council will also pay for a dedicated traffic warden-style enforcement officer to dish out fines for dog fouling and litter in Morecambe.
Money has also been set aside to look into alternative uses for Morecambe Town Hall, should Lancaster City Council decide to move out as part of a multi-million pound cost-cutting drive. The town council will also pay for a new bandstand/performance area at Happy Mount Park and has increased its festival grants budget to £65,000 for the year.
But the annual funding for Police Community Support Officers in Morecambe has been halved. All attending Labour councillors, as well as Morecambe Bay Independent Linda Page and UKIP councillor Michelle Ogden voted for the budget at a meeting on Thursday. An alternative budget, proposed by MBI councillor Roger Dennison, was defeated. This suggested £20,000 be spent on toilets including a new loo between VVV and the Clock Tower, and £10,000 less on festivals, with £20,000 extra going into a contingency fund should the town council need a new office in future due to uncertainty over the town hall’s future. Coun Dennison’s budget would have generated a £28,000 surplus for special projects. Morecambe Town Council was set up in 2009 as a separate entity to Lancaster City Council. As a parish council, it has fewer powers and responsibilities than the city council but can spend money raised through part of council tax on improving Morecambe.
MORECAMBE TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET 2016/17
Staffing and admin costs £58,520
Community grants £5,000
Litter picks £500
Morecambe In Bloom contest £1,500
Bank charges £200
Training costs £500
Remembrance Sunday wreath, community award costs £600
Community events £500
Youth council £1,000
Festival grants £65,000
Christmas lights £6,200
Contribution to reserves £10,000
Office fund £55,000 (contingency for a possible new Morecambe Town Council office if required)
Upgrade of Morecambe War Memorial £10,000
Officer to tackle dog fouling and litter £11,000
Election costs £6,000
Asset Replacement Fund (contingency in case town council assets such as computers or Christmas lights need repairing or replacing) £10,000
Consultation on future of Morecambe Town Hall £2,000
*Morecambe Town Council will receive £183,348.49 from council tax this year