New pavilion for King George V fields
What the new pavilion could look like ...
A NEW pavilion for King George V playing fields in Downend is being planned by the parish council.
The building would replace the ageing 1960s building off Sutherland Avenue, which the council says is in a state of disrepair.
People are being asked for their views on the design for the new pavilion - a modular design which would be manufactured off-site and assembled quickly to minimise disruption to neighbours - before a planning application is submitted in January.
The parish council hopes it will not only provide modern facilities for sports clubs but will also become a hub for the whole community.
The final cost of the scheme will depend on which bid wins a competitive process to find a contractor, should the planning application be given permission.
But the parish council has already set aside just under £390,000 for the project, with around £80,000 coming from South Gloucestershire Council, including money paid by developers of local sites in legal deals.
The parish council is also applying to the Football Foundation for a contribution.
Parish council chairman Janet Biggin said: "The pavilion in King George V park was built in the 1960s and is now in a state of disrepair.
"The parish council is almost in a position to submit a planning application to South Gloucestershire Council for its replacement.
"We believe the new pavilion provides greatly-improved facilities that meet the objectives of all the various user groups, in addition to creating a modern resource for the whole community to enjoy."
Parish and South Gloucestershire councillor Ben Burton said: "We have seen over the last year how getting together for sport or recreation is so important to all members of our community.
"The plans have been carefully considered to ensure this facility is flexible to meet the needs of different community groups and also sustainable from a financial perspective.
"We hope the whole community will support these plans."
Fellow parish and South Gloucestershire councillor James Griffiths said: "It is a pleasure to support the rebuilding of the pavilion, which will become a community hub and asset for King George V Park, giving local groups a modern building to use in their community, social and sporting activities.”
The new building would be made using pre-fabricated plastisol wall panels and timber cladding, with metal shutters to cover all doors and windows when it is not in use. It would be built on the site of the existing pavilion and, if planning permission is secured early in the year, it would be in use by the end of 2021. It will be bigger than the existing pavilion and will be realigned so it is parallel to the fences of nearby properties.
The parish council hopes that by adding a reception, larger function room and improved kitchen and bar areas, it can be used by a wider range of groups and at more times than the existing pavilion.
Some people living nearby have expressed reservations over any change of use of the site.
A letter sent to the Voice, with 27 signatures, raised concerns over increasing demands for parking, the possibility of late-night noise and the possible effect on other community venues.
The parish council says that at this stage nothing has been 'set in stone' in relation to the future use of the site.
It is inviting people to have their say before the plan is sent to South Gloucestershire Council for planning permission.
Turn to Page 13 for more details of the plans, including how to comment.