Sandall Park Cafe has existed on the current site since 1956. Prior to that date the small cottage on the same site was used to supply anglers and visitors with cigarettes and cup of tea.
Plans are currently at an advanced stage to have the current cafe, which is in a serious state of disrepair, replaced by a new cafe on the same site.
The Friends of Sandall Park (FoSP) fully support this development. Without it there is a likelyhood that the park would be left without a cafe and even public toilets.
If FoSP had been around in the early 1990’s we would have looked at every possibility to keep the facilities in the park ‘alive and kicking’ – including the boats on the lake. Who knows what could have been achieved?
Here we are in 2015 with a possibility that the remaining park facilities could be lost forever. We are determined that will not happen. We, the voluntary sector, will work with both the private and public sectors to ensure that Sandall Park continues its road to recovery.
Q: Why knock down the old cafe?
A: The current cafe is at the end of its ‘natural lifespan’. It needs constant repair and will soon not be ‘fit for purpose’.
Q: Has part of the park been sold for this development?
A: No. The whole of the footprint of the park is and still will be owned by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC);
Q: Is this just a new cafe then?
A: Not at all. The development will see new park toilets within the cafe building. There will be a new car park where the derelict council depot is on Barnby Dun Road and the current toilet block will be converted into a storage facility for the Friends of Sandall Park (FoSP) and the council. This will assist FoSP with the running of events and the general upkeep of the park.
Q: When will these things be completed?
A: Things are currently in the early stages of planning but an advanced stage of ‘permissions’. If things go well building could be completed in the spring of 2017. It is likely that planning agreements and consultation in early 2016 will be the thing that dictates the completion date.
Q: What about the toilets?
A: The new park toilets will be within the main cafe building and accessible to the general public. These will be in addition to the toilets for the cafe patrons.
Q: Will the toilets be free?
Q: What about the car parking – will that be free?
Q: What will happen to the old toilet block?
A: As stated above it will be converted into a storage facility for both FoSP and DMBC. It will also mean that a boat can be kept on site for the angling club to carry out maintenance on the lake. It is hoped that the fabric of the building will be adapted to compliment the new build cafe.
Q: Is the tax payer paying for all this?
A: No – not a penny!