Your District Council has given the Ashbourne Sports and Community Partnership the commitment of a long term lease and a £70,000 cash injection to help transform the Pavilion complex on the town’s Recreation Ground.
Councillors are supporting this exciting community project that will see the replacement of three existing aged pavilions with a new modern 'Pavilion in the Park', which it is planned to become a sport and community hub in the town.
The decision is a massive boost for the Ashbourne Sport and Community Partnership (ASCP), a group of committed local individuals and organisations who are working together to achieve a sustainable future for pavilion facilities on the Recreation Ground. The new complex will also include a public toilet facility when the building is open.
This fantastic news comes just weeks after ASCP's plans for the new Pavilion in the Park were granted full planning permission by the District Council (see drawing above by FPCR Environment and Design Ltd of what the Pavilion in the Park complex could look like).
A spokesperson for the District Council said:
"Delivering this innovative partnership project is going to be challenging, not least securing the level of funding required.
“However, this is a landmark moment and the Partnership, with support from officers at the District Council, are excited to take on this challenge knowing the opportunity to achieve something special for the people of Ashbourne has moved a significant step closer.
"Working with a community organisation such as ASCP presents an attractive opportunity for the District Council to help develop a new community pavilion to replace the three existing buildings with a modern facility which, when completed, will significantly increase the level of community use on the site."
The District Council, which owns and maintains the Recreation Ground, has specified that its £70,000 contribution - from existing capital resources - is provided as match funding towards the redevelopment scheme which would provide a new home for sports including football, cricket, bowls and rugby, along with a huge range of community events and meetings.
The other two pavilions - the ‘Two Team’ wooden pavilion and the bowls pavilion - would be demolished on completion of the project.
The ASCP, which has secured financial commitments from local organisations such as Ashbourne Town Council, Ashbourne Rotary and Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service as well as a national social investment agency, is now aiming to win further capital funding from national and regional organisations to deliver the project over the next two years.
Chairman John Lake said:
“All the partners in the Sports & Community Partnership have worked extremely hard in developing an exciting design for the new Pavilion in the Park which will provide an iconic building worthy of the beautiful setting of the Recreation Ground.
"I would also like to thank the Ashbourne community for its support in getting behind the project with generous financial support through donations made through the ‘sponsor a brick campaign’ and also moral support which drives the Partnership on towards delivering this important project for the town.”