Urgent repairs are needed for the public toilets at Broadsands beach and, while the toilets are out of action, portable toilets have been installed to help on busier days such as weekends.

The good news is new toilets will be opening in the area towards the end of September, as part of Torbay Council’s £2million investment in the area’s public toilets, working with Healthmatic.

Torbay Council became aware of the issue due to a broken sewage pumping system and, as a temporary solution, portable toilets were delivered to the area last Wednesday, August 12.

There will be additional cleaning of the portaloos during the busy period.

Full repairs to the broken sewage pumping system will need to take place out of season - mid-September - and when tides are lower.

It is estimated that the repairs will cost around £50,000.

Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet member for infrastructure, environment and culture for Torbay Council, said: “We are continuing to invest in our public toilets and as well as the new improved facilities we have been working hard to open there will inevitably need to be some repairs as well.

“We look forward to the new toilets opening at Broadsands later in the year but in the meantime at this busy time of year the portaloos will help provide back up for residents and visitors.”