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Mr Phillip Woodward
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Derbyshire
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New Pavilion Gets Underway

Posted: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:17 by Phillip Woodward

New Pavilion Gets Underway

Following several years of preparatory work including public consultation, liaison meetings with architects and planners, negotiations with users, applications to potential grant funding bodies and competitive tendering with contractors the work to construct the new sports pavilion at the Miners Welfare Sports Ground has now finally begun.

The works are being carried out by Poplar Farm Development Ltd, who are based in Lower Pilsley and have a good knowledge of local construction issues having been involved with a wide range of different projects across the region and having developed a number of sites in Pilsley for housing in recent years.

A new entrance to the site is being formed and a new car park will be created on what was previously the unused and derelict tennis courts. The new pavilion itself will be built between the old pavilion and the skatepark (which was built in 2016 at the southern end of the site) so that the teams using the site still have access to changing facilities until the new one is finished.

The construction is expected to take around six months, so we are anticipating an official hand-over of the keys shortly after Christmas.

The total cost of the project will be around £371,000 plus the cost of public utilities connections and the funding to deliver this has been drawn from a number of different sources. Through prudent financial management over recent years the parish council has built up a reserve of around a quarter of these costs which is earmarked for the project and external grant funding totalling £255,000 has been secured from the Football Foundation, Sport England, Viridor Environmental Credits, the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commission's Proceeds of Crime Fund and the Duke of Devonshire's Charitable Trust.

This leaves a gap of around £40,000 which the council will have to take out a loan to cover. The loan would be obtained from the Public Works Loan Board, which is a government body that provides loans to local authorities at very low rates of interest and over any period from six months to 50 years.

We will be considering the detailed terms of the loan at the council meeting on 1st October and would be happy to receive any feedback or comments from members of the community on this, both in relation to the principle of taking out a loan and on issues such as the pay-back period and how this might affect the council tax precept. Anyone interested in submitting comments on this can contact the clerk or any of the parish councillors via the contact details posted on the website.

Examples of the potential impact of taking out the loan on Pilsley Parish Council precept are attached on a separate table.

As the new pavilion takes shape over the coming months we will be posting 'work in progress' updates and photos on the website and on the council's Facebook pages so people will be able to see for themselves the new facility as it develops. The new pavilion will be fitted out with a meeting / social room and a kitchen/ bar for catering purposes in addition to the two changing rooms and match official's changing areas with an enclosed veranda overlooking the cricket field.

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