Croyde club hopes to convert council toilet block into new fit-for-purpose community.

CROYDE Surf Club has applied for planning permission to convert a toilet block into a brand new clubhouse.

The club, established in 1979, now boasts 125 members and hopes to be able to use the North Devon Council-owned toilets at Downend Car Park to build a ‘simple but fit-for-purpose facility’ to serve club members, the local community and visitors.

The new clubhouse would use solar energy to generate electricity and to warm water for showers.

A design and access statement submitted with the proposal to North Devon Council carries the support of various local and national community organisations and businesses including Surfing GB and Surfers Against Sewage.

The statement said the club had identified various funding opportunities and would apply for grants as well as carry out its own fund-raising.

It said: “The proposed extension is a simple but cost-effective construction, designed to fit within the existing footprint.

“Junior and adult members still have to get changed in the open space of a car park, club meetings are held in pubs and social events are always dependent on function room availability.

“Croyde Surf Club is committed to representing surfing in North Devon. We aim to make surfing accessible to everyone by offering fun, safe and accessible coaching at all levels.

“The new facility will bring the club up to the level of international competitions and recognition it deserves.”