Portsmouth park to get a boost with new cafe and public toilets

PLANS for a new cafe and public toilets have been announced for Kingston Rec by Portsmouth City Council.

It is hoped the new Portsmouth facilities will enhance the park for families and the council said they are being introduced as a result of the authority listening to requests from locals.

Cllr Dave Ashmore at Kingston Rec

Cllr Dave Ashmore at Kingston Rec

It is also hoped having the new toilets with the cafe will help to prevent anti-social behaviour issues, which affected the old public toilets that closed in 2013 – something many people have complained about.

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Councillor Dave Ashmore, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: ‘We know how much local people love Kingston Rec, and we've been listening to their requests for new toilets.

‘That is why it’s great to be able to announce these new facilities. The new cafe and toilets, including an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities, will add to the fantastic improvements and play area at the park that Fratton Big Local have provided.

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‘We aim to work with them and other community groups to make the most of the new community building.

‘I hope the new facilities will bring even more local families down to Kingston Rec to enjoy this brilliant green space in the heart of the city.’

The project will use wooden-clad shipping containers to provide the new facilities, enabling the council to provide the facilities for less than £100,000.

The cafe will include a kiosk-style serving hatch as well as inside space.

Work is expected to start in spring 2019.