I write with reference to the suggested demolition of the pavilion in the Abbey Fields.
Firstly, I am in favour of the improvement and development of the children’s play area because the later colourful equipment clashed with the Abbey Barn, the old bowling green is the ideal solution. But to demolish the pavilion would be an act of civic vandalism, just like the heavy metal cages enclosing the cafe and toilet entrances, put there to prevent vandalism ruining what was once a fairly pleasant place; surely, rather than add to this negativity it is time that the parents and teachers of this fine town of ours instil a little civic pride into the heads of young people. I do realise that there will always be the few who couldn’t care less. Regular random patrols or (dare I suggest it) decent CCTV with the specific aim of catching such deviants would act as deterrents? Once caught, they should be named and shamed, made to pay in full for any damage whilst being supervised as they clean up any mess caused. Sadly, common sense suggestions like these seem to be largely ignored by the powers that be, so public areas are brought down to base levels to the detriment of the affected area or amenity. Surely the pavilion could be altered to become an open or partially glazed shelter for parents and children? Or, dare I say it - is the proposed demolition a step towards the development of a huge ugly sports hall in place of the swimming pool? My suggestion is that, the swimming pool be moved to Castle Farm to leave the Abbey Fields as close as possible to what the original benefactors intended - a haven of peaceful beauty to be enjoyed by all and not the noisy, exhaust fanned, iron caged vehicle surrounded ugly mess it is today. We owe it to our descendants.
Cyril Hobbins, Castle Road, Kenilworth