New toilets opened in Northampton park

Pip Worms from the Umbrella Fair charity, opens up new toilets at The Racecourse Pavillion. They celebrated by having tea an cake on the lawn outside.
Pip Worms from the Umbrella Fair charity, opens up new toilets at The Racecourse Pavillion. They celebrated by having tea an cake on the lawn outside.

A new block of public toilets on the Racecourse park in Northampton have been officially opened.

The Umbrella Fair Organisation (UFO) is currently refurbishing the first floor of the Pavilion near the bowls green and the plan is for it to be used as a cafe and a community arts space.

To celebrate the opening of the toilets on the site, the first phase of the project, a Tea on the Lawn event was held on Friday night and Saturday.

Activities included dance demonstrations, community crafts and acoustic music.

Mel Rogers, a director of UFO, said: “We want to convert the building into a vegetarian and vegan cafe and have a number of community rooms which people can use for whatever they want to do.

“It is great for us to have our offices in the building now as all the planning for the Umbrella Fair has previously been in people’s houses.

“We plan to open the building seven days a week and we have a 25-year lease and we want to create a real legacy for the town.”

The refurbishment of the building is not expected to be fully completed until 2016 as UFO is a not-for-profit group and needs to raise £250,000 to pay for the renovation. It is hoped that the cafe may be opened in the next few months.

To find out more about UFO or to find out when their next event is being held, go to www.umbrellafair.org.