Plans for revamped toilets and more parking spaces in town to go on display to public

PUBLISHED: 08:34 06 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:34 06 December 2018

Foakes Hall forms part of the plans. Picture: SaffronPhoto

Foakes Hall forms part of the plans. Picture: SaffronPhoto

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Great Dunmow Town Council has proposed a raft of plans which would see more parking spaces created and "modern" public toilets built in the town.

Residents are invited to have their say on the plans for the recreation ground and Foakes Hall, during a public consultation period, which ends on December 31.

An event will be held this Saturday in Dunmow, where the public can view the proposals and speak to councillors.

Under the plans, the capacity of the car park at the recreation ground would be increased, which, according to council documents, would reduce overspill parking in The Causeway and reduce “associated issues concerning road safety and congestion”.

Councillor Barrie Easter, mayor of Great Dunmow, said that parking on nearby roads was “getting dangerous” due to the volume of cars when the recreation ground was busy, adding that between 20 and 30 parking spaces would be added.

The proposals also include demolishing the existing public toilets at the recreation ground, which were built about 80 years ago, although they have been refurbished more recently, and building a new block.

The current toilets “do not meet the needs of disabled users or those with young children”, according to documents.

The council has yet to announce how much work on the toilets and car park will cost.

Cllr Easter said the authority should have a “rough” idea of the costs by Saturday.

A storage building, which is estimated to cost between £45-50,000 would also be built at the recreation ground.

Under a separate project, a three-storey extension, estimated to cost between £110-£130,000 would be added to Foakes Hall, to address the lack of storage space.

The town council has an earmarked reserve to put towards this project.

The extension would be built on the west side of the hall and would not eat into any car parking spaces, town councillor David Beedle said, adding: “This is long term, this is an extension of Great Dunmow.”

Councillor Michael Miller, chairman of the committee responsible for Foakes Hall, said: “It is a chunk of money but it’s an investment and investments generally are expensive.”

The public consultation event will take place at the Dourdan Pavilion between 11am and 3pm.

Residents can give feedback by filling in a questionnaire and returning it to the council.

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