Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Village cricket pavilion set for overhaul and extension

THE cricket pavilion in Gardiner recreation ground in Goring could be refurbished.

THE cricket pavilion in Gardiner recreation ground in Goring could be refurbished.

The parish council, which owns the land in Upper Red Cross Road, plans to carry out the work in two phases.

It has submitted a planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council, saying the pavilion facilities are “generally sub-standard or  inadequate”.

It has budgeted up to £50,000 for the work but expects to have to apply for additional grant funding and will not draw up detailed estimates until planning permission has been obtained.

The council says the pavilion does not have enough storage space for the village’s football, cricket and bowls clubs and the changing rooms and showers are over-used, plagued with mould and do not offer enough privacy. The disabled toilet is too small for a wheelchair to turn around in and the kitchen is too cramped.

The first phase of work would involve a complete overhaul of the building.

A new, larger female toilet with disabled access would be built and privacy doors would be put up between the changing rooms.

Ventilation would be added to the showers, a new boiler would be installed and the electrical fittings replaced. The pavilion would then be deep-cleaned and redecorated. A footpath would be laid outside connecting the access ramp in Upper Red Cross Road to the front door. There would also be a new side entrance with steps, also off Upper Red Cross Road.

The second phase would involve extending the building by 4.3m to the south and installing a second shower block with a larger storage area.

The kitchen would be relocated to the old pavilion’s storage area and a fourth changing room created in its place.

Paul Devine, the council’s architect, says: “The new arrangement would make the building almost fully accessible with a good-sized, readily accessible WC and shower as well as an accessible kitchen.

“The building would have a level approach and be level within. It is remote from neighbouring properties so would not have any adverse effect on other buildings or owners.”

The council also wants to improve security at the site as it has previously been attacked by vandals.

Chairman Kevin Bulmer said: “We’ve been discussing this for well over a year and it has been more challenging than you might imagine.

“We had to get all the users together to find out their requirements and then we realised we wouldn’t be able to afford it in one go.

“We don’t know when we will have the money for the second phase but we’re pleased to have made some progress by getting our planning application in.

“We’re keen to move forward as quickly as we can but sometimes it’s a case of less haste, more speed.”

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