VISITORS to a park will be able to pick up snacks and a hot drink if plans to refurbish boarded-up former public toilets are approved.

Harrow Council wants to lease the 1930s structure in West Harrow Recreation Ground off Butler Road, West Harrow, and has applied to itself for planning permission for a change of use to a cafe.

Read our previous coverage: Council looking for bidder to turn West Harrow park WCs into cafe

Due to the lack of space, there would not be room for a fresh food preparation area although a sandwich toaster is envisaged, and one stipulation of the lease is to offer free use of a wheelchair-accessible toilet cubicle during opening hours.

The 1930s building in West Harrow Recreation Ground off Butler Road, West Harrow, is being offered by owner Harrow Council although without the public funds for a major makeover.
The 1930s building in West Harrow Recreation Ground off Butler Road, West Harrow, is being offered by owner Harrow Council although without the public funds for a major makeover.
 

One full-time server and one part-time server jobs are proposed and the cafe would be open from 7am to 7pm on weekdays, 11am to 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between June and September, and from 7am to 9am and from 3pm to 7pm on weekdays, and noon to 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between October and May.

The application concerns the conversion of the block - last open to the park users in 1993 - as well as the creation of access path.

A council spokeswoman said: "The council has found a suitable prospective tenant and hope to have this building open to the public as soon as possible, therefore certain aspects including planning application are all being run at the same time."