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Sutton Bridge Parish Council urges community groups to express interest in using new £714k multi-purpose pavilion

Members of the public are being urged to show a groundswell of support to help plans to build a new multi-use sports and leisure centre come to fruition.

The committee members working on the Sutton Bridge pavilion – which would cost between £644k and £714k – are keen to hear from people who would be interested in using the premises.

This would progress the application process for fundraising and seek to show funding bodies that the new premises will be used by those groups who have expressed an interest.

A view of how the new pavilion will look
A view of how the new pavilion will look

Speaking at the Sutton Bridge Parish Council New Pavilion Committee meeting on Tuesday (January 30), newly voted chairman Coun Mary Middleton said: “The centre is for everybody – not just the football club – for young people, disabled, mental health groups.

“We know what we want to provide but we have to prove it is what it will be used for.

“Groups such as the youth club, scouts or guides – could write a letter to the council – we invite correspondence from groups.”

Plans for the Sutton Bridge pavilion
Plans for the Sutton Bridge pavilion

Progress has now been made with a grounds survey that has been completed.

Soil samples have been taken from where the foundation work will take place and there has been no sign of contamination or plastics being found.

The council paid £4,300 for the groundworks survey completed in order to ‘get proper information from the best performing people’ by a company called EPS.

Sutton Bridge old pavilion has been given a lick of paint. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Sutton Bridge old pavilion has been given a lick of paint. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A timescale for the building of the new pavilion to replace the 70-year-old current premises has been predicted so that financially things can get moving in April.

David Wall said: “It is good news for the grounds and foundation.

“We’re doing well at the moment.

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“When those funds arrive in the new fiscal year on April 5 we aim to get started.”

A 25-year lease was discussed that will allow the football club to use the new building along with other groups.

A Sutton Bridge Resident has offered to help with the tendering and package it, with drawing, for planning.

Coun Middleton said: “He has the equipment to do the drawings and has asked if he could be of any assistance.

“There is nothing in it for him – he wants to help the people of Sutton Bridge.”

For any individuals or groups wishing to use the premises contact Sutton Bridge Parish Council to put forward a suggestion.

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