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Revamped facility for West End community

Published: 14/03/2016
Pavilion on the West Common updated with a £200,000 investment.
West Common pavilions reopening

This valuable community facility, which is used by several local sports groups and residents, was formally reopened today (Tuesday, July 28) by the Mayor of Lincoln Cllr Andrew Kerry.

The much-needed improvements include new toilets and changing facilities, a new kitchen, new windows and walls being partly rebuilt. The cricket pavilion on the same site has also been rebuilt.

Funding for the work came from Section 106 monies - contributions made by developers to be spent on improvements to community facilities and infrastructure.

Cllr Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Recreational Services and Health at City of Lincoln Council, which owns the building, said: “We know the pavilion is a well-used facility and it was in desperate need of refurbishment. This is exactly the kind of project Section 106 money is intended for and this will continue to benefit the local community for years to come, while also providing a great facility for sports.”

Tom Brayne, President and Chairman of Carholme Bowls Club, who regularly use the pavilion, said: “I think it looks brilliant, and with the work that’s been done I think it will become more open to the community. I would love to encourage more people to use the space and get involved.”

Katie Stammers is Project Co-ordinator for Robert Woodhead Ltd and has been overseeing the improvements on site. She said: “It’s been great to be a part of this project. We have not only been able to refurbish a facility that was in much need of improvement but we’ve also delivered a facility which will be well used by its local community for years to come.”

The pavilion is nearly 100 years old, having been built during the First World War by the Air Ministry for Royal Flying Corps, for pilots and ground staff to use when the West Common operated as an Aircraft Acceptance Park.

Access to sports facilities is a priority for the city council. In 2012 the council invested nearly £125,000 to build a new pavilion at the Sobraon Cricket Pitch, off Burton Road. The site is now leased to the University of Lincoln but is available for use by the community.

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