PLANS have been approved to upgrade a sports pavilion at a popular park in Dursley.

A planning application was submitted by Dursley Town Council in January to revamp the pavilion at the War Memorial Recreation Ground, also known as the Rec.

Proposals submitted to Stroud District Council include installing three new unisex public toilets as well as creating a new storage area. 

One of the toilets would meet the standards set out by the Changing Place accessibility campaign and would provide a facility for people with complex disabilities. 

In addition, the application states that accessibility level work would also be carried out including extending the existing ramp as well as installing a new three-metre concrete ramp. 

Meanwhile, the town council would use the storage area to store equipment and materials and would also include a new electric charging point. 

It is hoped the new facility will allow the town council to buy a more environmentally friendly work vehicle in the future. 

It is understood construction could start this year pending grant funding.  The application was officially approved by SDC on Monday, March 25. 

Gazette Series: An artist's impression of the new toilet block - photo by Dursley Town Council / Adapt Architects LtdAn artist's impression of the new toilet block - photo by Dursley Town Council / Adapt Architects Ltd (Image: Dursley Town Council)

A planning document reads: "Overall, the proposal provides improved accommodation for an existing community building that serves a wider recreation ground. 

"There would be no loss of playing pitches and appropriate mitigation would be possible for land contamination."

Dursley mayor Alex Stennett previously said: "The Rec is a great outdoor facility, very well used by our community, and the need for a public toilet has been discussed for a number of years, as there isn't an accessible one nearby.  

"We hope that the application is supported and permission is granted so that we can start applying for grant funding."

You can view the application quoting S.24/0043/FUL or see here -