11:24 a.m. September 2, 2022
Champagne corks popped as a Norfolk village celebrated the demolition of a sports pavilion that had become unsuitable.
The outdated Hethersett Memorial Playing Field building was demolished within a week to make way for a purpose-built sports and community building that will provide modern facilities.
The new building will be owned by Hethersett Parish Council, which is working with the Playground Trustees to bring to life a project that has been in the works for almost two decades.
One of the trustees, Mel Perkins, said he sometimes worried that he might not see the new building in his lifetime.
“The parish council was the catalyst and with their positive approach and positive attitude the project is now moving forward,” Mr Perkins said.
There were several attempts to replace the old pavilion before planning permission was granted 10 years ago. Plans have been changed but construction of the new pavilion is imminent thanks to grants from the Football Foundation and the Geoffrey Watling Trust as well as a loan from the parish council.
Work to furnish the new building, which will include modern changing rooms as well as a fully equipped kitchen and community room, is expected to be completed next spring. This will mean that Hethersett will be able to attract top sporting events and host women’s and women’s sports.
“After all these years, we are delighted to see the progress that has been made,” said Playground Trustee Chairman and Hethersett Parish Councilor Mike Stark.
Demolition work on the old brick pavilion began on August 16 and was completed within a week. From now on, various services will be put in place before the construction of the new building.
Hethersett Parish Council Chair Adrienne Quinlan said: ‘It is great that the old building has been demolished. We are proud of our village and now we will soon have a community building to be proud of as well. He will provide us with a modern lodge with modern facilities.”
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