Friends seek funds to improve park pavilion

Bowlers outside the rest and recreation room in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden

Bowlers outside the rest and recreation room in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden

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A COMMUNITY group is looking to source funding to improve the bowling pavilion and recreation room in Centre Vale Park.

The buildings, which are used by Todmorden Park Veterans Bowling Club and other groups including a mother and toddler session, are showing signs of wear and tear.

The Friends of Centre Vale Park group is looking into the possibility of lodging a Heritage Lottery Fund application for grant funding to either refurbish the pavilion and recreation room or construct a new building.

Moy Cash, from Friends of Centre Vale Park, said improving the facilities at the recreation room and pavilion is something that the group has been looking at for a while.

“In the current climate, grant funding is quite hard to come by but it’s being looked at,” she said.

“We will be looking to work on it with Calderdale Council in the future. Everybody is aware it’s run down and is in need of looking at.”

The matter was discussed at last week’s meeting of Todmorden town council’s amenities committee.

Coun Michael Gill said: “We have in the park some fantastic bowling greens with a back drop at the moment of a terrible bowling pavilion. It looks a real mess.

“It’s used by a lot of people – bowling groups, playgroups – but it has absolutely atrocious toilets.

“I would like to see something done with that pavilion even if it’s just with the toilets.”

The top quality greens in the park have hosted several national championships over the years.

David Sutcliffe, secretary of Todmorden Park Veterans Bowling Club, said: “To be quite honest, the room is not fit for purpose for children. I would not like to think that one of my grandchildren was going there.

“The bowlers only use it for results and brewing up, which is quite adequate for what we have but I would not think it’s fit for visitors.

“It would be a shame to pull it down because it’s a nice building but it really does need re-vamping.”

Mick Harrop, from Calderdale Council, said: “The park is crying out for a better building down that end.

“It’s a lovely park with lots of good stuff but I think it’s let down at that end by the facilities there.

“It’s not the best time given the current economic climate. There’s still some cash out there but councils can’t apply for grant money so it’s up to people like the Friends group to move it forward.”