New sports pavilion rises from the ashes

Ealing Council’s Cabinet has approved plans to build a new £1million sports pavilion on the Lord Halsbury Memorial playing fields in Northolt.

New sports pavilion at Lord Halsbury fields

It will replace and improve on the previous sports facilities that were destroyed by a fire in April 2011.

In addition to changing rooms and toilets, the new building will have a community space, a social area and a meeting room.  It will be designed to be flexibile so that a wide range of different functions can be held and so the community can get the most from the facilities. Larkspur Rovers Football Club, who have been operating in the borough since 1950 and Northolt Amateur Boxing Club are intended to be two users of the new pavilion.

An insurance claim for the destroyed pavilion has been submitted which is expected to cover most of the cost of the building. The remaining funding will come from the sale of land at Rowdell Road, where Larkspur Rovers are currently based.

Council Leader, councillor Julian Bell, said: “I’m pleased that we have been able to draw up the plans for this new building, which will replace the one destroyed by fire, in such a short timescale. When completed, the new facility will be an impressive sports base and I know it will provide a good home for local sports clubs. One of our priorities is to increase participation in sport in the borough and by building this facility, the wider community will benefit enormously.”

Work is due to start on the site in May, subject to planning permission being granted, and the pavilion is due to be completed by the end of 2012.

All Cabinet decisions are subject to call in for a period of five working days from the date of publication of the minutes of the meeting.

Further information on the council’s sport and leisure services can be found on theculture and leisure pages.

Look online for more information on Larkspur Rovers, or email: chairman@larkspur-rovers.co.uk and for Northolt Amateur Boxing Club, email: northolt@gmail.com