Delays over country park sports pavilion scheme

The current pavilion in Melton Country Park EMN-150220-154656001
The current pavilion in Melton Country Park EMN-150220-154656001
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Work on a £210,000 scheme to convert a run-down sports pavilion into a modern community facility could start in June after delays over the design and planning of the building.

Borough council officers are still working on a business case for the project in Melton Country Park.

The pavilion is used as a changing rooms for football teams who play on the park’s adjacent pitches at the weekend and it has also served as a polling station for council elections.

A public consultation last year saw calls for the building to be converted for wider community use, as well as recreational, after the council became concerned about the delapidated state it had fallen into.

Harry Rai, Melton Council’s head of communities and neighbourhoods, said the design and the construction materials had not yet been decided on.

He said: “We are still working on the procurement side of the scheme and we’ve not made a final decision on what to build the pavilion with - we have options ranging from timber to brick.

“We’re still working on the cost of the project, and the design and materials and it could be that we need to carry out a further consultation execise.

“It has taken us a little bit longer than we hoped but work could start on the site in June at the earliest.”

Last year’s consultation feedback revealed that more than two-thirds of respondents believed a new pavilion was needed, with over 64 per cent in support of a new build.

Services most in demand would be a coffee shop, community centre and nature/education centre.

Mr Rai said that portable buildings would be installed at the site while the work was carried out so the sports users would continue to have somewhere warm and dry to change in for matches.