Plans for new sports pavilion at Fairwarp

Plans to demolish a pavilion on the sports ground at Fairwarp and build a new oak-framed pavilion are before Wealden Council.

A report with the planning application says the current building does not provide suitable changing or washing facilities for children or both genders, nor people with disabilities. It is in a very poor condition and its structure is a potential risk to users.

The new building, if approved, would be a traditionally-built oak-framed and weatherboard pavilion on the footprint of the existing one, overlooking the open sports field.

It has been designed to meet the requirements of “discerning public authorities (including English Heritage), sports and country clubs, schools and colleges”.

There would be shower and changing facilities, a recreational room and kitchen area. The facilities would support the local football club along with a new cricket team and stool ball club.

The building would meet sporting governing body requirements for separate changing rooms for children, referees and visiting teams (regardless of sport), as well as a small function room to make the hire of the pavilion a logical choice for local people.

There would be increased security as there had been a number of break-ins to the old pavilion which have been reported to the police.

The land that the Fairwarp sports field is on was first offered to Fairwarp Cricket Club in 1908 but it wasn’t until 1952, that the existing village pavilion was moved from nearby Duddleswell and built by Fairwarp villagers on the sports ground to celebration the Queen’s coronation.

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