Crumbling pavilion near kids' playground is 'health hazard', says activist - The Rugby Observer

Crumbling pavilion near kids' playground is 'health hazard', says activist

Andy Morris 27th Sep, 2017 Updated: 28th Sep, 2017   0

A CRUMBLING ‘asbestos-laden’ pavilion next to a children’s playground has become a ‘health hazard’ after decades of neglect, says a Hillmorton activist.

Jim Ellis, a member of Labour’s Rugby East group, says the situation ‘cannot go on anymore’ after witnessing the run-down state of the building at Hillmorton Recreation Ground, also known as Featherbed Lane Rec, while visiting the park with his children.

He said: “The asbestos-laden shell of a pavilion has been left to rot for decades.

“It recently had the doors attacked and locks broken. The metal doors are so rusty they have disintegrated to dust and now emergency boarding has been smashed open.




“The weatherboarding is falling off and the guttering has long since absconded. This is a genuine health hazard.”

Jim said: “The asbestos-laden shell of a pavilion has been left to rot for decades.” (s)

Jim added the park was ‘wantonly’ strewn with litter, smashed glass and the metal barriers which had been placed around the pavilion.


He said: “Various cross-community groups have been working hard to keep the Rec clean and tidy. Community groups and the council pick up litter without fuss.”

The park was strewn with metal barriers which had been placed around the pavilion. (s)

Jim said the only option was to demolish and replace the pavilion, suggesting a volunteer cafe could generate income to invest in the park.

“We need investment now,” he said, “not the austerity cost-cutting and under-investment that is constantly pushed at the community.

“We need local government intervention and access to community grants. This situation absolutely must not continue.”

Rugby Borough Council’s environment and public realm spokeswoman said funding to replace the pavilion had already been allocated.

Coun Lisa Parker said: “A number of community groups help to look after the recreation ground, who we are pleased to support. Sadly, however, the pavilion was broken into last week, leaving it badly damaged.

“We had already identified the pavilion for replacement and have allocated developer funding for the works.

“We don’t have a timescale for replacement yet, but hope the community will continue to support us while they wait for these new facilities.”

Visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance website for more information on asbestos and mesothelioma.

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