Newick Sports Pavilion Redevelopment

Newick’s Playing Fields are located on Allington Road, Newick. They consist of the King George V Playing Fields (KGVPF) and the adjoining Manwaring Robertson Field. KGVPF is a designated Fields in Trust field. Both KGVPF and the Manwaring Robertson Field are owned by Newick Parish Council.

On the KGVPG site there is a Sports Pavilion, a cricket/stoolball pitch and a football pitch. The Marwaring Robertson field in Newick is home to a rugby pitch. The Sports Pavilion at King George V Playing Fields has been a well loved and well used building for many years. The current layout can be seen here. In the past there have been several plans draw up to replace or extend the existing building. Much of this work historically has been done by Newick Sports Pavilion Charitable Trust (NSPCT), which has previously been known as the Sports Pavilion Committee before formally registering as a charity a few years ago. This body is made up of representatives from the various sports clubs and they lease the building from the owners (Newick Parish Council). Over many years volunteers from the NSPCT have worked really hard on various plans and options for the building but sadly the project has not come to fruition.

In June 2023 Newick Parish Council and the trustees of NSPCT agreed a new approach. Going forward the Parish Council (as owners of the building) will lead the project in collaboration with the trustees. This approach has not been tried in the past and it is hoped that the resources and access to finances that the Parish Council has, combined with the knowledge and commitment from the NSPCT will move this project forward.

To start the project a list of faults of the existing building and a wish list from each club secretary was created. Newick Parish Council opened three surveys, the results of which can be viewed below.

Newick Parish Council Pavilion User survey 2023 Newick Parish Council Pavilion Resident survey 2023 Newick Parish Council Pavilion Neighbour survey 2023

Having reviewed all the information gathered, the Parish Council commissioned a building survey which can be viewed here. This was then followed up with further structural investigations and a review of what funding may be available.

Given the results of the building survey and limited funding options, the Parish Council decided to pursue an extensive renovation project rather than a new building. Local architect George Pottinger was appointed as Project Manager. The Project Plan can be viewed here, the Stage 1 report can be viewed here with the Stage 2 report here. On 29th February 2024 members of the sports clubs were asked which layout they preferred, option A which can be viewed here or option B which can be seen here. George Pottinger also attended a Sports Pavilion Committee meeting. The feedback from the surveys and the meeting concluded that four changing rooms was necessary and a third set of plans ‘option C’ (a version of option A with improved safeguarding) can be viewed here and some visuals and a walkthough video can be seen below. This plan was presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on the 20th March and a further meeting with representatives of the Sports Clubs was held on the 9th April. It was agreed that the Sports Clubs would contact the Clerk with comments after the meeting. Prior to the Annual Parish Meeting the neighbouring properties also received an update on the direction of the project.

Newick Parish Council has applied for funding of £200,000 towards this project, the outcome of this application will be known in summer 2024.