Plans to regenerate Warrington's Bank Park have taken a step forward.
Planning approval was granted last night to demolish the existing dilapidated Pavilion building and approval was granted to construct a new one.
Approval was also granted to install two floodlit all weather bowling greens with perimeter fencing.
The proposals to build a new pavilion received wide support in the Bank Park public consultation exercise held in autumn last year. Many people commented that the design of the building should be more traditional and be in keeping with the look of the town hall. It was also thought crucial that the building needed be designed to prevent vandalism. The new design incorporates both of these suggested elements.
Regarding the design of the bowling greens and their surrounding facilities majority opinion was in favour of artificial greens, primarily because they can be used all year and because of their accessibility for people of all abilities. This option also received strong support from the local bowling leagues.
The new pavilion will provide changing spaces for bowlers, a café space and a new terrace area
Cllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, said:
‘This is a major step forward in improving our wonderful Bank Park and restoring its vitality. We had a fabulous response to our public consultation regarding the park and we have tried to accommodate the views of everyone in shaping the plans for the bowling greens and the pavilion"