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£450k ‘world class toilets’ project re-opens park loos
PARK toilets in East Oxford have opened after an £85,000 revamp.
The Florence Park facilities are the latest to be brought up to scratch as part of a £450,000 scheme to bring “world class” toilets to the city.
Oxford City Council is improving 21 public conveniences. The toilets in the recreation ground off Cornwallis Road are the latest to benefit.
The new facilities were officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.
They have four unisex cubicles, a new disabled loo and a parent and baby room.
John Tanner, city council board member for a Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “This is another transformation of a run-down facility to one that we can be proud of.
“The city council staff have done an excellent job and I hope that the public will look after them and keep them at this standard.”
The toilet block has also been decorated with a mural designed and painted by youngsters from the St Gregory the Great Catholic School’s art club.
The mural shows the history of the park from its origins in 1934 to the present day.
It follows a £150,000 revamp of the park playground opened in March last year.
Helen O’Hara, a Cowley councillor, said: “There is a really good combination of facilities around that park now.
“It is 100 times better than it was and it was very much needed.
“I am really pleased with the job the city council has done as well as the children who created the mural. It looks fantastic. There has been a lot of thought put into it all.”
The Labour councillor said plants would eventually grow to cover the wooden frames around the front of the toilet block.
The Oxford Mail features editor Jeremy Smith is helping the city council carry out the improvements as Oxford’s “toilet tsar”.
The council is now preparing to open new £100,000 toilets at Gloucester Green in the city centre.
Work has been ongoing for the last seven months and the toilets are set to reopen on November 14.
The Market Street toilets revamp was completed earlier this year at a cost of £75,000.
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