I have been working together with other local councillors for the last five years on a project to replace the Nightingale Avenue Pavilion. We are pleased to confirm that this proposal was approved unanimously by all councillors at the South Area committee meeting that took place on the 14th December 2015.
Working together, the newly formed group “Friends of Nightingale Park and council officers developed a proposal to demolish the current pavilion (which is in a poor state of repair and regarded as an eyesore) and replace it with a new one.
This proposal would have an extended footprint and be more sustainable and attractive, in keeping with the natural surroundings of the park.
As your local councillors and members of the Area Committee, we had already earmarked £200,000 of devolved outdoor sports contributions for this project in 2013/14. In addition to this allocation we asked for a further allocation of £203,000, which was unanimously approved by us (this sum includes up to £170,000 more outdoor sports contributions and around £33,000 community facilities contributions).
The main likely features of the new pavilion (which would be project managed by council officers) are as follows.
- The sports pavilion would include two changing rooms (including access doors, lockers, toilets and cubicle showers), a referees’ room and, possibly, pitch (muddy) storage (eg, for goalposts).
- There would also be a multi-use community meeting space, accessible kitchenette and new, secure, ‘clean’ storage;
- Park users would benefit from: two outside-access toilets; an outside boot-cleaning area; accessible paths at either side of the building; entrance steps on the park-side; and a new sun-shaded and rain-sheltered outdoor space in front of the pavilion
We also approved 25,000 towards the development of a community green space on the former bowling green at Nightingale Avenue Recreation Ground, and an upgrade to the Nightingale Avenue Rec Ground play area, This could involve more play equipment (say, four more pieces), safety surfacing, landscaping and fencing. For example, the play area may need to be extended towards the pavilion: this might have the benefit of allowing parents to be able to keep an eye on their children in the play area from the pavilion.
The committee has approved £25,000 towards the Refurbishment of Memorial Hall and Church Hall on the corner of Hartington Grove and Cherry Hinton Road. This development will offer an additional community resource.
There was also good news for Rock Road Libary: funding for a separate entrance, and a new kitchen.