Delayed pavilion open for summer holidays

Delayed pavilion open for summer holidays

A NEW pavilion at Wilton Park in Batley is set to open in the next few weeks after being beset by delays.

The building, which should have been finished by March, was hit by structural problems, bad weather and vandals.

Work started in November with demolition of the old pavilion opposite the bowling greens.

The new structure is on the same site but the foundations were found not to be strong enough.

A month was lost to re-designing them, with building work starting again in January.

Bad weather and vandals then struck, leaving the £167,000 project further behind schedule.

The old site housed a refreshment kiosk, bowlers’ hut and offices but was in a poor state of repair.

Features in the new building include vandal-proof roofing, low-volume toilet cisterns, self-closing hand basin taps and low energy light fittings.

Bowlers have used temporary accommodation while the café owner trades from a mobile unit.

Work should be finished by the end of this month, after which the café owner will fit out the new kitchen in time for the summer holiday season.

The public toilets opposite, a magnet for anti-social behaviour, will be demolished once the pavilion is open.

A council spokesman said: “The new building includes a café, multi-use seating area and public toilets.

“These will be open to the public when the café is open, which includes a minimum .of all weekends, bank holidays and school holidays during the summer season.

“This also solves the problem of vandalism of the existing toilets, which are some distance from the pavilion and difficult to monitor and service.”

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