In early 2018 we became aware of serious issues with the roof structure of the Pavilion that could have put the safety of the whole building at risk. It therefore became our top priority to have the roof replaced and we are pleased to report that this work was successfully concluded in spring 2019. We also installed solar panels and a air source heat pump, to enable to building to be more economical.
Given the extent of the work, it was decided to try to find additional funding for other improvements to the facilities in and around the Pavilion. In the end we attracted £94,000 of outside funding to go with £12,000 from our reserves to complete the work, which included the installation of an air-source heat pump for the Pavilion, floodlighting for the MUGA (multi-use games area) and tennis courts, pedestrian lighting up to the Pavilion and most recently, resurfacing of the tennis courts to bring them up to a more modern and attractive standard.
None of this could have been achieved without financial support from Sport England, the County Council (via funds attached to housing developments in our area), the Durham Area Action Partnership and funding from our County Councillors Neighbourhood budgets. Special thanks must go to Councillor Mark Wilkes for dealing with the funding applications and to Councillor Colin Hillary for project managing the procurement and construction of the works.