Four disused pavilions to be bulldozed

MHDE-14-04-10-PAVILION-APR31-02'Pictured is Cllr Chris Long, outside the pavilion at the spider park, on the Headlands Estate.
MHDE-14-04-10-PAVILION-APR31-02'Pictured is Cllr Chris Long, outside the pavilion at the spider park, on the Headlands Estate.

Four disused sports pavilions dotted across Daventry will be flattened this week as the bulldozers roll in.

Daventry District Council has taken the decision to demolish the buildings after failing to find suitable uses for them, or groups willing to take them on.

The pavilions are on the Spider Park on the Headlands, the Fishponds on the Southbrook, The Hollow’s pavilion off Waterloo, and the Burton’s Meadow pavilion near The Inlands.

Work to demolish the first two started on Tuesday, and after they have been taken down the workers will move onto the second two.

Once the demolitions have been completed the areas will be landscaped and the work is expected to take around four weeks.

DDC says is expects neighbours living nearby to suffer some minor disruption during the works due to limited road access.

Cllr Alan Hills, DDC’s portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure, said: “These pavilions have not been used for a long time and unfortunately have been targeted by vandals in recent years.

“Last year we offered people the chance to lease the pavilions and bring them back to life with some sort of recreational or community use, but we had no confirmed interest so the decision was made to knock them down as they have started to become unsafe.

“Disruption to the surrounding areas will be kept to a minimum while the work takes place.”

Residents in the affected areas will receive letters with more information.