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Next steps for Moormead Pavilion redevelopment

11 March 2022

Richmond Council has met with representatives of the community to discuss plans for the redevelopment of Moormead Pavilion on Moormead Recreation Ground in St. Margaret's.

Council members and officers met with representatives from the Moormead Community and Sports Pavilion Charity and Friends of Moormead on Friday 4 March 2022 to discuss the best approach to move forwards and ensure the redevelopment project meets the needs of the local community and the Council.

In January, the Council's Planning Committee gave approval for the redevelopment plans, which proposed a new pavilion featuring toilets, a cafe and sports storage space - subject to further discussion and agreement on how it would be delivered.

The Council had already allocated a provisional £150,000 for some form of pavilion improvement on Moormead, and a future report to the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Committee will set out how and when this funding could be drawn down for the approach now being considered.

Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, Chair of the Council's Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Committee said:

"There is rightly a lot of local interest in the project. A new pavilion will be a great asset in the community, and it is important to get it right and ensure it benefits the broadest range of park users.

"Our conversation with the community groups last week was very constructive. We agreed that a partnership-based approach is necessary to maximise the potential of the scheme. We will work together to find a viable approach to meet the needs of community and to help the scheme attract external funding through grants.

"Within the Council, we will progress approval for the initiation of the scheme through our relevant Committees over the summer and set out how the Council's funding allocation will be spent. We will also work with the community representatives to feed back on their business plan for the construction and operation of the building."

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Updated: 11 March 2022

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