Phase two backing for pavilion scheme

Step forward: Bentley Pavilion is at the centre of a �2.77 million improvement plan.
Step forward: Bentley Pavilion is at the centre of a �2.77 million improvement plan.

PROPOSALS for a £2.77 million facelift for a Doncaster park and community building have taken a step forward.

Elected mayor Peter Davies has given the go ahead for officers at Doncaster Council to take the plans for Bentley Park to their next step, and agreed for the authority to back the idea with £257,000 from council coffers.

It still needs final backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £2.6 million grant.

Mr Davies said: “This is a great opportunity for Bentley, which is one of the most deprived wards nationally.

“Obviously it will be a great boost for the local community and the restoration of the park and pavilion will give the community enhanced facilities.

“This is great news for Bentley and will hopefully play some role in regenerating the community. Hopefully it goes some way to making up for Bentley missing out on the LIFT programme.”

The LIFT programme was a scheme to build new health centres across Doncaster. The scheme had originally included Bentley and Mexborough in a list of new facilities due to be built, but both were axed because of spending cuts.

Coun Cynthia Ransome said the Bentley plans would be competing against other schemes for Heritage Lottery Fund money.

She said the council’s own potential contribution to the scheme had already been identified.

Part of the contribution will be made up of council staff time, which it is allowed to include.

The remainder will come in the form of cash capital programmes and section 106 cash, which is paid by developers as part of their planning agreements with the council when they are given permission to carry out building projects.

She added a decision from the HLF was expected by January. The first stage of the Bentley plans were approved in 2009.

Bentley Park was created in 1923. The pavilion was added in 1931.

Under the proposals, the park would receive improvements including ornamental gardens restored and maintained to green flag award standards. The pavilion would be restored to become the main civic building in Bentley. It would include work both inside and outside.

The second stage of the application will include detailed designs for both the park and the pavilion, as well as a 10 year management and maintenance plan and an activity plan.