Plans submitted for new pavilion at Manea recreation ground which would be “social hub for the village community”

The existing pavilion.

The existing pavilion. - Credit: Archant

Plans have been submitted for a new pavilion on Manea recreation ground.

Where the new pavilion would be built.

Where the new pavilion would be built. - Credit: Archant

The existing pavilion and changing rooms, which are in a “deteriorating” condition, would be demolished, with a new larger pavilion built elsewhere on the field.

The new pavilion, as well as catering for the village’s sports teams, would include a kitchen and function room to serve the whole community.

To get to the existing pavilion, people need to trudge across the playing fields via an unmade path, which “limits access”.

Relocating the pavilion to the south western boundary of the field closer to Park Road would “greatly extend accessibility”, the proposal says.

How the pavilion would look.

How the pavilion would look. - Credit: Archant

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There would be parking for 70 cars, including disabled parking bays. The children’s play areas would be retained.

Manea Parish Council’s proposal says: “The existing pavilion suffers from a lack of basic facilities and is at the end of its natural life with the concrete panel construction being difficult and costly to adapt to modern requirements.

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“The old pavilion offers virtually no facilities for the disabled visitors or less able bodied and is therefore limited in its use and many events cannot be satisfactorily provided for.

“The proposed pavilion has been designed to reflect the design and nature of buildings in the area and by its siting ensures that the construction will not affect the nature and sporting function of the playing fields.

An aerial site plan.

An aerial site plan. - Credit: Archant

“It would provide modern changing facilities for events on the field together with a new multi-purpose function room.

“It would meet modern requirement in a low maintenance and cost effective structure, which will provide a new social hub for the village community.”

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