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Pavilion could be saved with injection of cash

Kenilworth’s threatened bowling green pavilion could be a step closer to safety as councillors consider funding it to stay in place.

The fate of the wooden hut in Abbey Fields is still uncertain as residents and historians fight a district council decision to have it demolished.

And in the latest round of ideas to protect the 1930s wooden structure for community use, town councillors will discuss options for its future and even look into funding a project to keep it safe.

It is understood it will cost anywhere up to £2,000 to have the hut demolished.

Town councillor Richard Davies (Con, St John’s), who is adamant that the structure be saved for the community, said he was “very hopeful” about securing its future and that the town council may even be able to fund it.

“Ideas are coming forward and if a good use can be found which would be in keeping with its new surrounding, I hope that the town council might be able to make a modest grant to help with its upkeep and restoration,” he said.

“If the two authorities co-operate financially it would help to secure its future.

“It could cost 2,000 pounds to safely remove it, well lots of us would rather spend that sort of money safely restoring it instead.”

The majority of the town council is against the removal of the pavilion which has been deemed necessary for safety in line with the new play equipment currently being installed at the site.

Members are now due to discuss options and proposals from town residents.

Cllr Dave Shilton (Con, Parkhill), the councillor behind the play area revamp, said safety was top of their priorities and would be the main decider in any plan for the hut’s future.

“We are listening to everyone on this,” he said. “At the moment the preferred option is to take it down unless we can find a safe way to keep it.”

Anyone with a proposal should contact david.
anderson@warwickdc.gov.uk with details by the end of May.

 

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