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FAMILIES could be using new toilets at a playground in the summer if volunteers can raise £62,000.

Friends of Stamford Recreation Ground are working on plans to create a new toilet block on the park and they are hoping to have in place by July.

The park’s current unhygienic toilet blocks are closed forcing families to walk into town to use the toilets.

The Friends of the Rec are looking to remedy this but are hoping that people in the town will get behind their fundraising Spend A Penny campaign.

The group is considering putting up a prefabricated building, which would have brick cladding, close to the Belton Gardens bowling club.

Friends of the Rec chairman Penny Dawson, of Exeter Gardens, Stamford, is calling on the town to get behind the campaignwhich has so far raised just over £13,000.

She said: “We are asking all Mercury readers to support us in this local project which will help all of us to enjoy the Recreation Ground more.

“If there is a toilet facility there you can go up to the Rec, have a picnic and stay there for longer.”

Mrs Dawson said that the group was applying for grants to help with the fundraising, including from the Harry Skells Trust.

She also added that Hanson Cement had donated £1,300 to the fundraising along with donating the services of a tree expert.

A meeting to discuss the campaign will be held on Tuesday at Stamford Art Centre at 7.45pm. For more information on the campaign contact Mrs Dawson on 07922 271791.