North Mundham pavilion goal nears

Villagers who have been part of a big fundraising effort to improve the playing field pavilion in North Mundham are a step closer to seeing all of their hard work pay off.

North Mundham Parish Council has submitted a revised plan to re-roof the existing pavilion and raise the roof of the already-permitted annexe extension to the building, which sits on the playing fields at School Lane.

The original pavilion plans were put forward to provide more space for its current users, which include Sunbeams Pre-School, Chichester Youth Football Club and the village’s youth club. This is a hugely exciting thing for the village,” said Paul Chivers, of the North Mundham Playing Field Management Committee.

“Things are pushing forward, which is fantastic and there is enthusiasm in the parish.”

It is hoped the improvement works can be carried out this year. Mr Chivers said improving the existing roof and raising the planned south east annexe extension roof at the same time could mean ‘enormous savings’.

In a design and access statement, Mr Chivers said: “The trustees are very conscious of the need, in the near future, to replace the slate roof of the existing building.

“As a result of the very successful fundraising effort, there is a real possibility that this might be achieved at the same time as the already approved extension with significant cost benefits, at minimal additional disruption.”

The original plans to extend the pavilion were granted planning permission by Chichester District Council in April, 2011. Last week the parish council met to discuss revised plans for the pavilion. They include raising the extension roof by 300mm and putting in a new gable on to the south east elevation.

Councillors also agreed for the parish council to enter into negotiations with the North Mundham Playing Field Management Committee to alter the boundary of the land in the existing lease, so it can cover the are for the new extension. The playing field committee is still actively fundraising to pay for the pavilion works.