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Park’s new toilets to come with a 20p charge

Make Worden Park one of the top 10 favourite green spaces in the UK
Make Worden Park one of the top 10 favourite green spaces in the UK
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New toilets are to be built at Worden Park - and a 20p charge introduced for using them.

The existing toilets will be demolished. A new block servicing the play area will be located outside the play area.

Another new block at the crossroads will be built close to the original ones.

South Ribble Council’s cabinet, which met on Thursday, approved the scheme.

Councillors heard that the award-winning park has continued to prove to be a highly popular facility and attracts visitors from all over the North West with visitor numbers in excess of 250,000 each year, including figures of between 10,000 – 15,000 for individual events such as the Leyland Festival and Round Table Bonfire.

They were told this places a significant demand of current facilities which at present struggle to cope with demand.

The toilets are open between 8am to 6pm in summer and 8am to 3pm over winter, seven days a week and are free to use. However, cabinet was told, this means they are frequently subject to vandalism and misuse, leading to them being closed on a number of occasions for repairs

The blocks were built in the 1960s and have been subject to a number of partial refurbishments, the latest 10 years ago. Their design being of solid block walls is such that they are dark, damp and unwelcoming and complaints are frequently received relating to their condition and cleanliness, they also struggle to cope with demand during periods of heavy use and are frequently closed.

The new toilets would comprise three modern unisex cubicles one of which will act as a disabled/baby changing facility.