Designs to go on show for extension at Ditchingham’s Maltings Pavilion
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Plans to extend a popular sports and social pavilion are being showcased to the public.
The Maltings Pavilion in Ditchingham, home of Bungay Town Football Club and a number of other sports clubs, opened in 2006 as a base for players before and after matches as well as a space for community hire.
However Jon Fuller, chairman of Bungay and District Sports Association, says the pavilion is currently not being used to its full potential, and plans have been drawn up to create a new sports bar, meeting room and viewing balcony.
He said: 'At the moment it sits here during the day doing nothing, which is a real shame.
'The problem we have and the reason for trying to extend it is that we only have one room. So if it is hired out for a function we can't let people in that early because the football and cricket teams will be here after their games and it means they are unable to come in and set up or decorate beforehand.
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'We need the functions to have income, so we finish up not doing sports on certain days because we are trying to use it for something else and that defeats the reason why it was built in the first place.'
Mr Fuller said the project would cost around £300,000, which he hoped they would be able to secure through grants. The extension would be built to the south of the pavilion, overlooking the main pitch.
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He said: 'Utilising the building as a community hub will enable the sport to support the community space and community events to support the sporting activity.
'Unfortunately without the proposed extension the single room we have doesn't tick anyone's boxes completely.'
The plans will go on show at the pavilion next Saturday, June 17, from noon to 3pm. People are invited along to see the designs and give feedback on the idea.
The pavilion and its grounds are home to 26 football teams, seven cricket teams and a running club, as well as providing space for tennis, boxing and a gym.
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