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At last, there's waterworks at Cale Park

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 22:32
By Dave Smith

Cale Park toilet being refurbished by Atkins Builders

With the first phase of the Cale Park's major refurbishment more or less complete, you could be forgiven for wondering why you still had to walk half way up into town, or to Morrisons to find a public toilet or drinking water supply. Not ideal if you'd decided to spend the afternoon in the play area with young children.

Well at long last this is no longer the case, because today the public toilet at Cale Park has re-opened! It's that curious little red brick hut next to the car park. It has been out of service for probably the best part of a decade, but now the new play park is being so well used the Town Council has prioritised getting the amenities up and running again.

The Cale Park toilet, before and after

Atkins Builders of Wincanton were contracted to transform the public art exhibition back into a working toilet, with a shiny new toilet, sink, paper towel dispenser, light, door with lock and occupancy indicator, and a fresh coat of paint.

The new toilet will be open from 8am till 5pm, seven days a week. You can report any issues with it at the Community Office on 01963 31693.

But that's not all. There's now a drinking water fountain near the sandpit so you won't need to drag bottles around with you all day. It even has two outlets at different heights, so smaller people can use it unassisted.

Cale Park water fountain

Fortunately the cost of installing the fountain was mitigated by making use of existing water pipes. You may remember that back in the 90s the play area had a paddling pool, alongside a smaller sandpit, both of which are now buried paradoxically beneath the ruins of Cale Park Castle.

Wincanton Town Council hopes these new amenities will make it easier for more people to use the park, but it hasn't escaped the councillors that a single toilet unit with a door that isn't wide enough for a wheelchair isn't a match for their aspirations for Cale Park, so a brand new toilet block is certainly in the pipeline.


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