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New Corwen Pavilion could cost '2m-3m'

5 March 10 08:41 GMT

A new building to replace a pavilion which held concerts and meetings in Denbighshire would probably cost £2m to £3m, it has been claimed.

Corwen Pavilion was temporarily closed due to concerns about asbestos but has now been permanently shut.

Around 50 people attended a private meeting on Thursday night involving the council and users of the pavilion to discuss the way ahead.

Denbighshire council said it would now arrange a public meeting.

At Thursday's meeting, council officials outlined to members of the Corwen Pavilion Users' Forum why the building had to be closed.

Council leader Hugh Evans said those present strongly agreed that the community should pull together to decide how to proceed.

Jamie Groves, the council's head of leisure services, said: "The authority's intention is to work with and through the community to deliver and alternative facility to meet the needs of the area."

The future public meeting will look at funding options and may lead to an application for assembly assistance.

Options previously under discussion prior to this week's enforced permanent closure included demolishing the existing 1,200-capacity pavilion and building a similar 500 or 800-seat facility on the same site.

Structural problems

Councillor Huw Jones, who represents Corwen on the council and is chair of the users' forum, said he hoped a proposal could be put together by early April.

Asked whether there was an estimate regarding the cost of a new building, he said: "Not yet, but it's likely to be between £2m and £3m."

Ahead of Thursday's meeting, Denbighshire council said: "Denbighshire County Council would like to assure residents that we will work with local representatives to find a solution."

The council said the roof was beyond repair and there were leaks in the electrics, as well as structural problems and asbestos, and a "sticking plaster" approach would no longer work.

In a statement, the council added: "We admit that over the past 10 years we, as a council, have not committed to the building as we should have.

"However the messages from the local representatives have not always been clear as to how they wanted to move forward.

"We have spent over £122,000 over the last ten years and have adapted access to accommodate staff and members of the public with mobility problems.

"This approach is no longer feasible."

Alternative venues have to be found for a planned sheep shearing contest, Urdd jamboree, Welsh Symphonia and two country and western evenings over the next few months.

Weekly aerobics and kickboxing sessions held at the pavilion have already been switched to the Corwen Neuadd.

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