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Kearsney Abbey mobile cafe and toilets now open

Park life is gradually returning to Kearsney Abbey with the re-opening of the mobile café and temporary toilet facilities.

The mobile café and toilets were removed from the site in March as the lockdown was announced and in line with Government’s stay at home message.

Along with all DDC owned public parks, Kearsney Abbey remained open so that people could take an hour’s outdoor exercise permitted during the lockdown.

Visitors to the parks should continue to follow Government advice:

  • Keep your distance from people outside your household or support bubble
  • Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household or support bubble
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible

Works to complete the new café extension and terracing are continuing as part of the Lottery funded Kearsney Parks project.  Work is currently underway to fit out the new kitchen.

The cafe extension will include new toilets which visitors will be able to access from the park or through the café, along with a Changing Places facility featuring a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.

More car parking is also now available at Kearsney Abbey with the opening of a new overflow car park.

DDC is currently seeking views on proposed parking restrictions on Alkham Road, Lower Road, and Chilton Way to discourage parking on local roads.

Cllr Oliver Richardson, cabinet member for property, said: “We know that everyone is keen to get back outdoors to enjoy summer safely in the parks.  We still need to stay alert and control the virus, so we’re asking park users to work with us to keep things safe and clean.

“We’ve introduced thorough cleaning protocols, but everyone has a role to play in clearing up after themselves if they use the facilities and by taking their litter home with them.”

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