Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lib Dems fight to save Rouse Ball Pavilion fund

Cambridge’s crumbling Rouse Ball Pavilion could be under threat after the new Labour administration on the City Council indicated that it wants to spend its rescue fund elsewhere.

Liberal Democrats have fought to save the historic 1920’s building on Jesus Green setting aside £250,000 of developers’ contributions towards projected project costs of £500,000.

And they contacted Cambridge University’s Trinity College which agreed to match the council’s funding.

The project included refurbishing the building creating a community space, café and changing rooms for people playing sport on Jesus Green.

But now it looks like Labour may pull the funds for use elsewhere.

Councillor Andrea Reiner, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Public Places said: “We have put years of work into getting the money together for this hugely valuable project. Without this fund we cannot refurbish the building or provide the community amenities we had hoped.

“We held a workshop in the spring to talk about options for the pavilion which was attended by a number of residents; they will be bitterly disappointed by this setback.

“I will be fighting to save the funds we have set aside to rescue this historic building and the community facilities we had planned.”