Last-ditch plea to save park pavilion facing demolition in Sheffield

Maureen Shipley in front of the badly vandalised pavilion in Concord Park
Maureen Shipley in front of the badly vandalised pavilion in Concord Park
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A last-ditch plea has been made to preserve a park pavilion in Sheffield facing demolition.

The old bowling pavilion at Concord Park, in Shiregreen, is due to be torn down by Sheffield Council, according to park volunteers, after repeated attacks by vandals reduced it to a state of disrepair.

But friends of the park have urged Sheffield Council to think again and save the building, without which they say many events would be impossible to host.

Maureen Shipley, treasurer of Friends of Concord Park and Woolley Wood, said: "If the pavilion is demolished we will lose the only centre which could provide a little area for teas in the summer.

"It's the only place available with toilets and shelter, which we need for any number of small events.

"Without it, we couldn't even provide anywhere for a teddy bears' picnic because there would be nowhere for families to go if it rained."

Ms Shipley added that the only other suitable building for events is the park's cruck barn, which she said was no longer available as it is now the base for the council's park ranger service.

She said the pavilion is in a 'sad state' due to vandalism but that the problem could have been avoided had the council agreed to fence off the pavilion and bowling green several years ago when asked to do so by the bowls club which used it.

She told how the bowls club eventually grew so sick of being targeted by vandals it upped sticks.

Ms Shipley said it was sad that vandalism was such a problem in the park, especially when money had been invested in new facilities like a multi-use games area for young people.

"When you think of the money that has to be spent repairing vandalism it's so sad because that could have been used to improve the park," she added.

The friends group last week expressed its joy at another building in the park - an old storage container described as a 'blot on the landscape' - finally being demolished.

The Star has contacted Sheffield Council for a comment.

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