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Plans unveiled to convert derelict Waterloo toilets into art gallery and cafe

AMBITIOUS plans to transform derelict public toilets into a coastal cafe and community art gallery were unveiled today.

The development would see the boarded-up loos in Marine Crescent, Waterloo, restored to their art-deco heyday.

The renovation is the idea of businesswoman Angela Pooley, who lives in the Lake District but originally comes from Aintree.

The keen kayaker regularly travels back to Sefton to use Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, but on a visit last year she took the chance to have a look around the neighbouring park where she played as a child.

Angela said: “It was about 16 months ago and I decided to go for a walk after I went kayaking.

“I thought I had not been to the gardens for years and once there I realised I could murder a coffee.

“I could not believe the toilets were still there and I then had the idea of turning them into a cafe.”

Built in the 1930s, the block has recently become derelict apart from a small refreshments kiosk, but now Angela is hoping to enclose the space between the buildings and create a space ideal for exhibiting local artists’ work. The proposal has the backing of councillors.

Angela said: “I really feel we can breathe new life into this building.

“At present it is a magnet for vandals and is rapidly becoming a blight on the landscape. We have had 100% positive feedback not only from people living in the area but also from people using the park.

“Already we are receiving inquiries from businesses and individuals who have shown an interest in using the premises.

“Considering we have not started operating, all this is extremely encouraging to our confidence that this will be appreciated and valued asset to the community.”

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