HIGH WYCOMBE’S most popular park will get a brand new cafe after plans to demolish the current one were given the go-ahead last week.

The “dated and deteriorating” boathouse cafe on The Rye - which is currently a green corrugated metal shed next to The Dyke - will be knocked down and replaced with a new building complete with toilets and indoor seating.

The current cafe has been popular with park visitors for years, but there have been calls for toilets to be added to the park as well.

The replacement cafe, which was given the green light on March 30 by planning officers at Wycombe District Council, will feature two fully accessible toilets that can be used by anyone.

It will still have a boat store for those who want to hire them on The Dyke and indoor and outdoor seating with a new patio.

The new cafe will have wooden cladding on the walls and a green Sedum roof instead as well as floor to ceiling windows overlooking The Dyke.

The new cafe - which will be built off-site and hoisted into place - will be open between the hours of 8am and 8pm in the summer and 8am until 5pm in the winter.

There were mixed opinions from readers about the style of the building.

Gary Nuttall said it looks “quite like the cafe in the park in Marlow or Globe Cafe in Marlow - both great places.”

Kimmy Meeds said: “I love the old boat house cafe, this just looks boring and has no character. The only upsides are finally bringing toilets over to that end of the park and having some indoor seating rather than eating on plastic chairs outside.”

Neil Robert said it was “modern, clean and inviting”, adding: “I like it much better than the shed that is there now.”