TILSTON residents are one step closer to getting a state of the art sports pavilion for the village.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Rural Support Fund awarded a grant of £6,600 to the Tilston Playing Field Association, (TPFA), which will go towards refurbishing the pavilion.
The renovations in phase one of the project have completely transformed the previously derelict building on Tilston’s main playing field, and it now has a repaired roof, veranda, new windows with security grilles, new showers and a decorated interior.
The total cost of phase one has been £13,000, with the council’s grant being joined by TPFA raising their own funds for the remainder.
Dave Roberts, chairman of TPFA, said: “We would like to thank Cheshire West and Chester Council for supporting us in reinstating this building, which is a valuable asset to our playing fields.
“We are intending to re-establish a football team here in Tilston and encourage the playing of other team sports.”
He added: “Previous members of the former Tilston Football club, members of Tilston Cricket Team, Malpas Football Club and the Football Association have all been consulted and have contributed to the design and development of this project.
“TPFA can now concentrate on fundraising activity to deliver phase two of the project to provide a toilet for disabled people and space for equipment storage.”
Chris Capes, team manager of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Rural Agenda and Market Towns Team, added: “It gives us great pleasure to provide TPFA with the matched funds for the refurbishment works helping to bring a redundant building back to life; a great asset to the village.
“We wish TPFA every success with the second phase of the project.”