NORTH Camp's public toilets have been officially reopened by the Mayor of Rushmoor.

Cllr Brian Jupp cut the ribbon to open the newly refurbished toilets as part of the North Camp action plan.

The 40-year-old toilets had been deteriorating for some time and the council decided to refit them under the £80,000 scheme.

The ladies and gents have been totally refitted, including the baby changing areas, and for the first time there is a new accessible toilet for disabled people.

The opening of the Manhattan Italian restaurant and takeaway in Camp Road has also boosted this regeneration of North Camp.

CCTV cameras are now working, the new children's play centre is attracting lots of people and community events and groups are being established under the programme.

Cllr Nigel Baines, cabinet member for borough services, said: "North Camp is clearly moving forwards and there is a definite air of optimism among the traders and local residents.

"The regeneration project has provided a catalyst for change and the commitment of long-standing retailers and residents has been fundamental in providing the foundations upon which this work is based.

"There is a renewed confidence in the area, with businesses choosing to move into North Camp with a potential for bringing large numbers of visitors into the shopping centre," added Cllr Baines.

Future plans also consider improvements to Queen's Road Park, Napier Gardens, the Peabody Road car park and road safety.

The three-year action plan, launched earlier this year, includes initiatives to involve young people and create meeting places for the young and elderly.

The North Camp Matters community group will also be invited to play its part in future developments.