CAMPAIGNERS battling to rescue community toilets will be relieved next month when the site is officially reopened to the public.

The Station Road toilets in Pangbourne were closed in May 2015 by West Berkshire Council, but a mammoth fundraising campaign means they will be reopened on September 30.

Action for Pangbourne Toilets Community Trust (APTCT) has so far raised more than £13,000 in an effort to revive the facility and keep it open for the first 12 months.

Sir Brian Hoskins, chair of Trustees, said: "I am pleased to be able to say that after having registered charity status earlier this year APTCT has raised the funds to open the toilets and run them for the first 12 months.

"We have achieved this with the generous support of local residents, parish councils and community organisations.

"The trust will manage the toilets on a 99-year lease from West Berkshire Council.

"The APTCT and its many supporters consider the toilets as essential infrastructure in keeping the village an attractive and vibrant place to visit.

"We also consider that they are necessary for the wellbeing of the disabled and elderly living in the community who do not want to be caught short.

"Everyone involved has worked very hard and we are grateful to all the local organisations and residents who have donated to our cause so far."

Despite the overwhelming success of their fundraising campaign to date, APTCT needs the support of the public to be able to keep the toilets open for longer than a year.

The toilets were initially closed by the council due to budget constraints and cutbacks, but online donations and match funding from Greenham Trust has allowed the toilets to reopen.

The official reopening is scheduled for 11am and residents are encouraged to make a contribution to their fundraising campaign to help APTCT reach their £15,000 target.

Visit: to make a donation to the online fundraising page.