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Compton Car Park Improvements

An artist's impression of the new toilet block at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight
An artist's impression of the new toilet facilities at Compton Bay | © ERMC

We're starting work on some exciting improvements to the visitor facilities at Compton Bay car park, as part of a wider investment in the Compton landscape. This includes making the site more environmentally friendly, whilst updating the area to meet the needs of visitors.

What’s happening in the car park?

Working with Island-based designers, we're changing the car park layout, making it more accessible and safer. We’re using natural materials to help mark out car parking spaces, which will improve vehicle flow along Military Road. We're replacing the crumbling tarmac area, which is a pollution hazard, with a new green space, so that people can use it to enjoy cliff-top views, and safely access the food and beverage areas, without the worry of moving traffic.

New toilets

As well as changes to the layout, we're improving visitor facilities with a brand-new toilet block. The current toilets do not provide the standard of experience visitors expect. The new block will be more accessible and environmentally friendly, allowing more people to enjoy the area.

Inside there will be three unisex cubicles, a larger accessible WC, including baby change facilities, and a ‘Changing Places’ standard cubicle which has the highest standards of accessibility, and provides a hygienic and dignified space, for those that have complex disabilities.

The block has been carefully designed in a modular fashion, allowing it to be relocated if and when cliff erosion requires it. The design of the new block uses sustainable techniques to keep its environmental impact low, and includes solar panels to reduce energy consuption. We have designed it to blend into the landscape by using natural materials.

An artist's impression of the toilet block at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight
Artist's impression of the new toilet block at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight | © ERMC

Will I still be able to use the car park?

Although car park capacity may fluctuate through the season, we intend for the improvments to be carried out with as little disruption to visitors as possible. We will be working in a phased manner to ensure the car park remains open throughout for everyone to access and enjoy.

There will also be toilets on site throughout the work. Currently, the original toilets are open and will remain so until they are demolished. There will then be temporary toilet facilities in place for the duration of the work, until the new ones are installed.

We hope that the improved facilities will encourage visitors to not only enjoy the beauty of Compton Bay beach but also to explore the wildlife-rich Compton Downs area and to discover the work we are doing here to improve the land for nature.

What is the longer-term future of the car park?

We know how important the Military Road is to the Isle of Wight and the people that live and visit here. As one of the land owners adjacent to the road, we are working with various third-parties and looking at all possible ways forward. The new toilets have been designed in such a way that they can be moved to an alternative site if needed. For more information regarding our position on the Military Road, please see this article.

If you’d like to share any thoughts you have on the project, either as a community group or individual, please email

Compton Car Park Project Timeline

December 2022

Planning documents submitted to Isle of Wight Council

Documents giving details of proposed plans for Compton car park and toilets submitted to Isle of Wight Council planning department. The plans include a new toilet block and car park layout. 

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