Work still hasn’t started on Norwich’s Waterloo Park Pavilion - a year after cash was found

The pavilion at Waterloo Park in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The pavilion at Waterloo Park in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Work has yet to start on £250,000 of repairs needed to a Grade II listed pavilion in Norwich's Waterloo Park, more than a year after it was agreed to spend the cash on the project.

Twelve months ago, Norwich City Council revealed how problems with the roof of the building, built between 1929 and 1933, meant it had been damaged by water.

The authority earmarked £210,000 to be spent on the project on 2015/16 and £40,000 the following year.

The pavilion was last revamped more than 15 years ago, as part of a multi-million refurbishment of four of the city's parks.

One of the conditions around the award of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant for that work was that the pavilion be renovated and reopened.


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And council officers last year said, in a briefing note, the fact the pavilion is not open and in use, meant there was a risk of the Heritage Lottery Fund reclaiming the money it provided.

Despite that concern, the work has not happened, although the council insists it is still committed to doing the work.

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Paul Kendrick, the council's cabinet member for parks, markets and open spaces, said: 'The project to invest in the park is a significant one and is about more than just repairing the pavilion.

'Our intention is to also refurbish the pavilion so it offers an exciting new opportunity for a local business and improve the area around it, so visitors to the park are offered the very best experience.

'We are in the early planning stages of this project, which will be progressed in the coming months.

'The project manager – one of our two parks officers – must balance work on this against other projects and the day-to-day responsibilities they manage which include maintaining, nurturing and improving the city's 23 precious parks, 80 play areas and 95 open spaces.'

What do you think of Norwich's parks? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk or newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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