Pavilion Project

Pavilion  Project – Where are we up to?

We thought this would be a good time to give an update of the pavilion project.  

As you probably know when we had a public conultation in 2013 about the fields the state of the pavilion was the most significant concern voiced.  At the end of last year we were awarded a grant by the Big Lottery Fund to undertake a project, the aims of which were to:- 

  • ·         Get a detailed survey of the building with costings for its restoration
  • ·         Undertake public consultations and discussions with interested parties to establish wishes about its future use and  the viability of realising these.
  • ·         Seek to agree a future plans with the local authority and other interested parties  and make further funding bids     to progress these.

A survey has been completed and this concluded that the building is essentially sound and could be restored. 

We held a consultation event in September and although it rained continuously we had a good turnout.  An online consultation is ongoing and open until 20 November – the link to this is at the bottom of this post.  We have another event on Saturday 12 November at MAC from 1.00 – 4.00 pm: our architect, Ian, and Rowena, who is leading our consultation, will both be there to answer questions and hear your views.  We have also been talking to other groups which have an interest in the pavilion and site – such as residents associations and sports groups.  The door is not closed on this – it is likely that in the longer term the building will have to generate an income for running costs, so we are keen to talk to any group which may use the pavilion and if  you are connected with or know of such a group we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Many have asked what the plans for the site are -  well at present there are no known plans by Birmingham City Council to sell or develop the site, and much of it has protection against a change of use.   Developing future plans is a journey which we want you and everyone else interested in the site to be part of – so your views are really very important to us. 

Please do have your say by attending the consultation at the MAC on 12 November or, if you can’t, but completing the online consultation. 

Here’s the link to the online consultation:-

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/holderspavilion

Remember it closes on 20 November – don’t miss out, do it now!

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