£50,000 raised to build new toilets at the Rec in Stamford

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A COMMUNITY group has finally got the money it needs to install new toilets on the Recreation Ground in Stamford.

The Friends of the Recreation Ground recently received a donation of £2,500 from Hanson Cement to its Spend A Penny campaign, taking it past the £50,000 needed for the new facilities.

Plans have already been drawn up in collaboration with Stamford Town Council and the group hopes to submit a planning application in the next few weeks.

The toilets could be open by the start of the new year.

Penny Dawson, of the Friends, said: “It’s fantastic, we are delighted.

“We have a few more donations to come in but we should now be able to build the toilets.”

The town council has been heavily involved in the project since ownership of the Recreation Ground was transferred to it from South Kesteven District Council.

The council will provide some funding for the facilities and will maintain and clean them when they are finished.

The new toilets will have both male and female sections and will include baby-changing facilities.

The current men’s toilets are still open but are in a rundown state. The women’s toilets closed in 2008.

The money for the new facilities has been raised over the last two years through donations from businesses, individuals and local organisations and a number of fundraising events.