Hopes for move on Pollyfield development

Joseph Bulmer

NEW facilities that have been on the drawing board at the Pollyfield Centre in Bideford for the past three years could start to move forward in the New Year it is hoped.

Planning approval was granted in 2008 for internal re-organisation of the centre and an extension to the original building to include a youth club, boxing club, restaurant/dining area and a commercial kitchen.

The time limit on the approval is running out, but the centre’s trustees have now applied to Torridge District Council for it to be extended.

Centre manager Pat Ferguson said renewal of the permission would enable them to bid for funding from a Torridge District Council pot of money from 106 planning agreements from developments in East-the-Water.

One hundred thousand pounds has been set aside for community recreational facilities following the Tarka Point housing development.

Mrs Ferguson said the centre’s trustees were keen to make a start on the improvements.

“If we can draw down this money we can start on the new bar extension and kitchen,” said Mrs Ferguson. “We would also like to think that the restaurant would happen. And the boxing club still wants to come here.

We will also be exploring any other avenue of funding, including the Lottery, and will use as much voluntary labour as we can.”

There were also plans for the local pre-school to come to Pollyfield. This was community land and the more they could get there, the better for all, she said.