New conservatory offers Golden vision at Leeds park

Plans to create a new conservatory for visitors at Golden Acre Park will be discussed by senior councillors in Leeds in the new year.

A proposal to revamp the existing Bakery Café at the 55-hectare park in north-west Leeds which would include a conservatory being added to the upper level will be debated by Leeds City Council’s executive board at Civic Hall on Wednesday 9 January 2013.

The project would be overseen by Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside service, with funding worth over £100,000 coming from a sponsorship agreement with local company Franklin Windows Limited.

As part of the extension and refurbishment of the café, a Changing Places toilet facility will also be installed, suitable for people with disabilities and also providing a baby changing space. This would be funded by £45,000 from the council’s adult social care service, while the council would also commit a further £28,000 funding to the project for materials and other costs.

Dog walkers will also be catered for in the plans, with an awning to be installed outside the entrance to the café offering a covered area from which the café facilities can be accessed.

The extension and refurbishment plan has come about following consultation with users, which indicated a need to provide a larger seating area in the café and improved toilet facilities.

The creation of the proposed conservatory would offer increased seating on the upper patio level of the café for 40 extra people taking the capacity to 86 people who could be catered for indoors. This increase would allow greater opportunities for the space to be hired out for private events and activities.

The existing lower level of the café would be reconfigured to retain the existing outdoor seating capacity for 80 people, while the décor and furniture would also be updated.

Should approval be given, legal agreements with Franklin Windows Limited would be finalised and planning permission sought in January. If approved, work would then be able to begin on site in February and last 10 weeks during which time the café would remain open offering a restricted service.

Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said:

“Golden Acre Park is one the busiest parks in the city in terms of visitor numbers, and during busy times the café area cannot cope with demand so this proposed extension and refurbishment would help to solve that problem and also be an attractive venue in its own right for people and companies to hire and make use of.

“We are grateful to the Franklin family and Franklin Windows Limited for their commitment to the project as sponsors and look forward to working with them to provide a superb new-look Bakery Café.”

Leeds City Council executive member for adult social services Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“As part of the plans we are pleased to be offering a Changing Places facility, which will include a hoist and changing bench for people with the most profound disabilities, to provide greatly improved access to the park for people with disabilities. By putting these specialist toilets in, we hope people with profound disabilities and their carers will be able to fully participate in all that Golden Acre Park has to offer without the worry that there won't be suitable facilities."

For more information on Golden Acre Park, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/Golden-Acre-Park.aspx

For more details on Changing Places facilities nationwide, visit the website at www.changing-places.org


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