Following the results of independent surveys and after a delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic which required the planned repairs to be rescheduled, Bridgend County Borough Council has commissioned essential building work at the pavilions, both of which are based at Newbridge Fields.
The New Pavilion will benefit from all-new wall cladding, full external decoration and improved shower room facilities, including new tiled floors, while the Bandstand Pavilion is set to receive an enhanced new roof which will be carefully installed so that it does not disturb a colony of bats which has taken up residence in the upper parts of the building.
The Bandstand Pavilion and New Pavilion are in a poor state of repair, but this work is going to support them both while work continues on a long-term plan for Newbridge Fields which has the potential to deliver all-new sports facilities.
Although the council originally scheduled the work to take place in May last year, we had to rethink our plans as the pandemic began in earnest, and works across a wide range of different council premises and facilities all had to be urgently reprioritised.
At some point this year, it is anticipated that Welsh Government will allow competitive sport to resume, so it makes perfect sense to carry out these much-needed repairs now while the pavilions are out of use, and to ensure that they are refurbished and ready to welcome players back.
Councillor Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities