PLANS for a new café and public toilets at Kingston Rec have been announced today (Monday, 3 December).

The new facilities will enhance the popular local park for families to enjoy, and are being introduced as a result of the council listening to requests from local people. 

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet member of 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 is great to be able to announce these new facilities. The new café 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. We aim to work with Fratton Big Local 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 innovative project will use wooden-clad shipping containers to provide the new facilities, enabling the council to provide the new toilets, including an accessible toilet and a baby changing facility, and a new café, for less than £100,000. The café will include a kiosk-style serving hatch as well as inside space. 

Locating the new toilets with a café will also help to prevent anti-social behaviour issues, which affected the old public toilets at Kingston Rec, which closed back in 2013. 

Work is expected to start in spring 2019.