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  • Who will pay for the development of the new building?
    The majority of our funding will come from organisations such as London Marathon Charitable Trust, Sport England Community Investment Fund and Big Lottery Fund. We will also seek funding from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
  • How will the Charity run the facility once it has opened?
    We are recruiting volunteers to an Operations Committee. Please get involved if you have skills to offer and time available! Visit the Volunteer page of the website to see how you can help.
  • Who will own the new building?
    Richmond Council owns the current structure and will own the new structure.
  • Will will run and maintain the new facility?
    he expectation is that the facility will be leased back to our charity to run. Richmond Council will attach conditions to the lease, in the interests of overall sustainability of the project for the whole community.
  • Who have you consulted with while developing the proposals?
    At every stage of the project we've been committed to engaging with as many people and organisations within the local community. These have included: Residents close to the Pavilion (400 leaflets delivered to the nearest houses, inviting residents to a meeting at the Winchester Room, Turk's Head). 300+ park users on Facebook & via Email Richmond Council Friends of Moormead Committee Friends of Moormead AGM Richmond Council Planning Department St Margarets Fair Committee Help A Neighbour In Distress Scheme (HANDS) Surveys on this website
  • Why is the design an oval shape?
    It's really hard to get permission to build or extend buildings in London's green spaces. The contour of the tarmac area around the old, tumble-down pavilion is oval. The new building will follow this contour, in keeping with the exiting hard-standing.
  • Why is a cafe part of the proposal?
    Economic sustainability is a major concern as without sufficient income, the Pavilion would have to close. All our major funders require that the new Pavilion is economically sustainable. That is, once it is built, the Pavilion will be able to generate enough income to pay for its operating expenses (including rent, insurance, maintenance and utilities). Providing free-to-use toilet facilities is a significant challenge, especially because Richmond Council has said it will not maintain toilets at Moormead Park. We have planned for the cafe operation at the Pavilion to generate a sustainable income to cover the Pavilion's operating expenses. We have reviewed other pavilions in our borough including Kneller Gardens, Palewell Common, North Sheen and Radnor Gardens and have developed our plans by taking the best design ideas from each project. We know that pavilion cafes struggle to be viable in winter unless they have indoor seating and have designed our building accordingly.
  • Who is it for?
    The new Pavilion is a facility for the whole community including local schools, churches and sports organisations. This is why we set up as a charity / not-for-profit organisation. We have no pressure to commercialise the Pavilion; we will not borrow money and we will never have any shareholders that require a financial return on their investment. All that we require is that our café generates enough income to pay for its operating expenses.
  • Will the new pavilion be bigger than the existing one?
    No. It will match the footprint of the existing, squared-off structure. We have worked hard to make sure that the proposals are in keeping with the surroundings and minimise the visual impact on the pavilion's nieghbours.
  • What other considerations have you built into the design?
    As part of our consultation and planning we have tried to ensure that the new design will: Keep noise to a minimum. Enable usage of the park by members of the community that have not been able to use the park due to disability or lack of facilities. Have a positive impact on the local environment.
  • Who do you think will visit the pavillion?
    We have focused the design on serving members of the community with a 20-minute walk of Moormead Park. The main impact of this is our decision not to offer changing facilities; we encourage local people to change at home and walk to the park. We don't want to generate an increase in car traffic. By not designing the Pavilion to FA standard, we discourage the use of Moormead for league football matches as this would generate traffic from visiting away teams. We encourage local children to walk to Moormead to play sports with their friends.
  • What difference has the crowdfunding made?
    Moormead Community & Sports Pavilion is a charity set up by local residents in St Margarets and Twickenham. To get this far we have relied almost entirely on volunteers giving their time and the funds raised from the community will help us get through the next stages of the project. The outpouring of support has also galvanised local Councillors: Councillor for St Margaret’s and North Twickenham Alex Ehmann commented: “The progress of the project is great news.” He continued: “Local residents have risen to the challenge with their contributions and, as ward councillors, we’ll continue to support the considerable effort being employed to bring the Pavilion back into community use.”
  • I made a donation to the project. How will my money be used?
    The charity has paid for design and planning expenses. This includes expenses like: an official bat survey an official tree survey planning fees payable to the local council architects fees for preparing the planning submission legal and consulting fees for advice regarding the project Wherever possible we are using the skills of local residents on a voluntary basis to minimise the costs of the project (you can volunteer too!)
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