Council responsible for future of cricket pavilion

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CAISTOR councillors have voted to take responsibility for the controversial £80,000 cricket pavilion at the town’s sport and social club.

At the end of last year a report highlighted all kinds of problems with the new extension including paths that were already cracked and too narrow for disabled use, a changing room window compromising players’ privacy and hazardous, uneven flooring in the showers.

But now the work has been signed off by West Lindsey District Council and the English Cricket Board – and Caistor Town Council has agreed to adopt the building. This means it is now fully responsible for anything that goes wrong.

The only thing the cricket club has taken responsibility for is the floor, which was made from timber instead of the specified concrete. The club has said it will sort out any problems which have come about as a result of normal usage, until July 1, 2016.

Coun Rick Sandham was the only councillor to vote against the adoption of the building and Coun Kate Galligan chose not to vote.

Coun Sandham said: “It wasn’t built to the original specification. Having had dealings with the cricket club in the past they aren’t always true to their word.”

He said it should have been built to Sport England regulations for multi-use centres - access routes should be at least 1.8m wide and uneven surfaces like gravel should not be used.

Coun Galligan said: “It seems like there’s an awful lot of wriggle room if anything goes wrong.”

The report stated: “There are several anomalies which contradict the specification and do not appear to be covered off under any variation orders or change control procedure.

“Generally the building works have been delivered to a reasonable standard with the exception of detailing and adherence to specification which leads to the issue of adequate contractor management/control.”

Caistor’s mayor Coun John Burns-Salmond said: “Things could have been done an awful lot better, but as far as we are aware it’s now been completed. We’ve learnt a huge lesson here.”

And Coun Alan Caine said: “We’ve ended up with an asset for the town.”