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New toilet block and multi-purpose building for People’s Park Banbury

Work has started on a new toilet block and multi-purpose building in People’s Park.

Contractors moved in on Monday to demolish former offices at Community Garden to make way for the much-anticipated facilities.

The £200,000 project will include gents, ladies and disabled toilets, an office for park staff, and a covered demonstration area where schoolchildren and community groups can learn about horticulture and carry out garden activities such as making bird boxes and hanging baskets.

The toilet block is part of Banbury Town Council’s two-part plan to update the park and will be followed later this year by a café/coffee shop near the Warwick Road entrance.

Leader of the council Kieron Mallon said:

“We organised a survey that asked park users what they wanted and top of the list were toilets and a café.

“We are providing what residents requested and the two new features will make People’s Park a modern-day amenity the town can be proud of.”

The new buildings will be of sustainable timber construction and will be in line with the town council’s recent pledge to be climate change aware.

Cllr Colin Clarke, chairman of the council’s general services committee, said:

“Sustainable timber retains the carbon the tree absorbed while growing and is, therefore, a ‘green’ material. The internal lining of the building will be a recycled material which is ecologically approved and fire-resistant.

“The buildings will also use energy-saving technology for heating and hot water.”

The toilets, rest room and demonstration area are scheduled to be opened by mid-June.

The café will be completed later in the year.

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