Plans by the Royal borough of Greenwich for a new cafe and arts venue which is set to open next summer on The Slade have moved a step closer.

Proposals are being sought from operators to lease and run the refurbished and extended building.

Following consultation with residents in March 2017, the view was that the new space should be a community resource with art displays and other community events.

The designs will see a new, light-filled, creative and cafe space that will remain in keeping with the Plumstead Common Conservation area.

It is anticipated that construction works will start in February, with the new cafe set to open in the summer.

Cllr Denise Hyland said: "I am very pleased that we are making good creative use of old spaces, such as these unused public toilets.

"With an extended space and inviting new cafe area, the new cafe will be a fantastic facility for local communities to use."

Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald added: "A clear desire from local residents during the consultation was to have a local space for community events, right on their door-step.

"The new cafe will bring a new vibrancy to this cherished conversation area and I look forward to seeing the first events take place in the summer!"

Funding to convert the unused early 20th century public toilet and build a new conservatory extension was approved by the Council in December last year and now an operator to run the new business is being sought.

Local operators who are encouraged to find out more about this opportunity should email for more details.

The closing date for proposals is January 24.