Cadbury Heath councillors vow not to give up on pavilion refurbishment hopes

Conservative councillors have vowed to not to give up on efforts to improve a local community pavilion following a setback.

The Old Pavilion in Coronation Park, Cadbury Heath, narrowly lost out in the final of the Big Lottery’s People’s Millions competition on 23rd November to win the lottery funding needed for a major makeover.

The Banjo Island Community and Sports Association’s (BICSA) ‘Vision for the Pavilion’ project would have seen the dated facility undergo a substantial refurbishment with the aim of making it the focal point for the local community.

The area’s local councillors Nick Barrett (Con, Parkwall) and Tony Olpin (Con, Parkwall), who is also a trustee of BICSA, had pledged to match-fund the lottery bid with funding they had secured from South Gloucestershire Council. They said:

“A lot of hard work was put in by a lot of people and so, naturally, we are disappointed with the result.”

“But we very much see this as a temporary setback and it is definitely not the end of the campaign.”

“On behalf of our residents, the fight goes on because we are determined to see improvements made to community facilities, like the Old Pavilion, in the local area.”

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