Town Council to invest £75,000 in Bailey Park
The former netball courts near the Pavilion will be resurfaced at an estimated cost of £35,000. This area is in a dreadful state and community groups such as Abergavenny Rhinos Athletics Club have been asking for a new surface for many years. With a new surface, this multi-use area will be marked out for different sports including a three lane athletics track. The area will not be fenced or locked and will be fully accessible so all ages can turn up with their equipment and play their chosen sport.
The main gates and ornate railings are an important part of Abergavenny’s heritage and are Grade II listed. Over the last century, the gates have been restored but not for many decades so sadly, the main ornate gates have deteriorated and are now in desperate need of repair. There are a lot of missing details such as floral medallions and finials that will need recasting before the gates can be stripped down and repainted.
Mindful of the state of the gates and the suspension of the Lottery funding, Abergavenny Town Council agreed to allocate funding to enable the gates and associated decorative railings to be repaired in this financial year. Abergavenny Rotary, Friends of Bailey Park and Abergavenny Civic Society will jointly be contributing £9000 and MCC will be undertaking the necessary tree works in this area. The cost of this restoration work is just short of £40,000. The work will be undertaken by a Brecon based company whose work is mainly focussed on historic gates and railings in London. The gates will be removed and transported to their workshop for restoration and the decorative railings will also be removed in sections and restored at the workshop.