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Approval for park cafe, car park and loos

Councillors have given the thumbs up to more facilities at Alver Valley Country Park, including a new car park, toilets, a café and a washing area for dogs and muddy boots.

The plans, for the western gateway to the park, were approved by the council's Community Board yesterday.

The new car park, across the access road from the present one, will have around 40 new spaces – needed because the new playground nearby, opened last year, has proved so popular.

The plans include indoor and outdoor seating areas for customers of a food and drink concession, and a drinking fountain. They also include a Changing Places fully-accessible toilet.

The toilets and café would be housed in a single-storey building, clad in stone to provide a countryside feel. The building will need separate planning permission.

Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of the Council, said: "This is the next step in developing facilities for visitors to the park. I'm glad that the playground has proved so successful that we need more parking spaces.

"Gosport is a very built-up area and the park is such an important 'green lung' for the community. We want to make it as accessible and attractive as possible for everyone, especially families."

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