£100k grant for Manea pavilion

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A Fenland village is a step closer towards getting a new pavilion after being granted £100,000.

Manea Parish Council has been working for more than three years to raise £320,000 to construct a new pavilion and replace the current shabby prefabricated building.

The new building is hoped to provide an indoor community hub to complement the village’s woodland and the pit, which is used for fishing.

The project took a massive leap forward when Fenland District Council’s cabinet agreed to grant £100,000 to the parish council under the rural capital grant scheme.

The parish council has raised about £151,000 towards the project by selling some allotment land and also hopes to receive some section 106 money following recent development in the village.

The new site has also been granted planning permission.

Parish council clerk Terry Jordan said: “It is a significant step forward and the parish council will take all the necessary steps forward to develop this as a project.

“It is possible that the public could see something happening there by the end of the year.

“This will provide the community with an up-to-date facility .

“The idea is to provide the community with an indoor space linked to the playing field and the pit area.”

Plans for the new building will include changing rooms, community meeting area and a bar.

The building will be constructed on a different section of the playing field.

The current pavilion will remain and receive some work to be used as an outdoor classroom for the village school.

The parish council had submitted a business plan for the rural capital grant to the district council, which was approved during a meeting on Thursday.

The parish council has also received a grant from the Ouse Wash Landscape scheme to provide platforms at the village’s pit, which was purchased from the Environment Agency some years ago.

These new platforms will be used to allow youngsters in Manea to do pond dipping to learn more about wildlife in the pit.