Pavilion targeted by arsonists set to be demolished

Pavilion targeted by arsonists set to be demolished

A sports pavilion that was targeted by arsonists twice is set to be demolished.

The second attack virtually destroyed the Hersden Pavilion in the Recreation Ground, The Sycamores, Hersden, and the structure that remains needs to be demolished to make the Canterbury City Council-owned site safe.

Hersden pavilion on fire


Potential asbestos contamination means a specialist company will be needed.

The council's Head of Contracts and Facilities Management, Alexis Jobson, said: “Sadly, in recent years the pavilion has been targeted by thieves who stole pipework and electricals causing £60,000 worth of damage and now by arsonists too.

“Vandals have also visited the site since the latest devastating fire. What remains of the building needs to be demolished for everyone’s health and safety.

“But this is a short-term solution. We are conscious of how important building was to the community so we will work with our councillors, the parish council and local people on the options for the future which includes the possibility of rebuilding a facility there.”

The site, which was attacked by arsonists on 26 March causing £7,000 worth of damage and again on 4 April, has been boarded up and fenced off while council officers work with the council’s insurance company and seek planning permission for demolition.

Kent Police appealed for information and CCTV footage from the cameras of people living close to the pavilion after the attack April.

They also appealed for information in March.

Published: 18 June 2020

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