Barnet Council is under renewed pressure to carry out a full survey of repairs required to restore the dis-used Tudor Park cricket pavilion in New Barnet.

A local campaign led by Barnet Society committee member Simon Cohen believes up-to-date estimates for the work need to be obtained so that councillors and residents can explore the options for returning the pavilion to public use.

Mr Cohen organised a survey of local opinion to test support and he says it shows overwhelming backing for the pavilion to be re-opened.

Of the 1,016 responses to his survey, 984 wanted it restored and the most popular requests were for a café (85 per cent in favour), public toilets (41 per cent) and community space (39 per cent).

“I was stunned by the level of interest,” said Mr Cohen.

“It was so encouraging to get near total backing for our campaign to prevent this historic building falling into further disrepair and then being abandoned by the council.”

Tudor Park’s cricket pavilion, opened in 1920, has been boarded up for the last ten years and the council has estimated in the past that it would cost around £180,000 to repair and make safe.

Mr Cohen says High Barnet councillor David Longstaff has promised to take up their demand for fresh estimates for refurbishing the pavilion which is deemed unsafe because of subsidence and collapsed drains.

“What seems to have happened is that one of the council’s preferred contractors came up with the estimate for £180,000.

“What is needed is a proper survey and for estimates to be broken down so that we can see how much essential repairs would cost and what new facilities might be possible.

“Local residents were so angry when we discovered that the council had downgraded Tudor Park to the status of a “low quality, low value park” and the least the council can do is allow the community to have the full facts and conduct a full and open debate.”

Tudor Park and sports ground is a well-used venue offering playgrounds for both toddlers and children and the Tudor Park Footgolf course which has been laid out on the former East Barnet Golf Club course.

“There is no doubt a café in the pavilion would be extremely popular. There was a previous attempt to open a café there, but it failed because of the cost of repairs.

“A community space within the building could offer all sorts of possibilities. Next door are New Barnet allotments, and the plot holders could be encouraged to use the space to sell surplus produce.”

Mr Cohen decided to launch his campaign – SaveTudorParkPavilion – after realising last year that it was the centenary of its opening in 1920.

“I have known the pavilion for 50 years, and my children have grown up as regular visitors to the park and playground and it would be catastrophic for the community if we couldn’t find a way to put such an historic building to good use.”

Originally the pavilion, built in neo-Georgian style, served the sports ground opened by the former New Barnet medical supplies manufacturer. S Maw & Sons and it bears the logo of S Maw along with the date 1920.

Early in 2020 it was included in Barnet Council’s local heritage list as being of historical and architectural interest because of social and community value, age and rarity, and landmark qualities.

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Tudor Park is a community asset that needs to be treasured and its pavilion brought back into use.

Tudor Park is popular and regularly used for fitness training, playing about in the playground, walks and exercise, sitting about, picnics, as well as by the footie golf players, and allotment holders on their way to and from their allotment....

Tudor Park is a community asset that needs to be treasured and its pavilion brought back into use.

Tudor Park is popular and regularly used for fitness training, playing about in the playground, walks and exercise, sitting about, picnics, as well as by the footie golf players, and allotment holders on their way to and from their allotment. Locals know that Tudor Park is on many good walking routes through the area, with various routes into Hadley Common, and routes to Hadley, New Barnet, High Barnet. I cannot imagine why such a popular and pretty spot is categorised as 'low quality and low value' and can only think this is a mistake.  
 

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L Reilly
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This is a lovely period building and should be repaired and be a facility for locals A non profit cafe/restaurant would be very successful and it could be a venue for e.g. quiz evenings. Years ago there was a committee called Friends of Tudor and they organised terrific events in the Park for us locals. Vitally public toilets are needed....

This is a lovely period building and should be repaired and be a facility for locals A non profit cafe/restaurant would be very successful and it could be a venue for e.g. quiz evenings. Years ago there was a committee called Friends of Tudor and they organised terrific events in the Park for us locals. Vitally public toilets are needed. Security cameras should be a necessity for safety and we have to advantage of the car park and good footpaths for disabled access.

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L. BassBrimson
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A café would be a good idea. My children, grandchildren and great grand children have all played there. All 16 of the family.

Chris Feldman
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This should be a community space with a not for profit cafe attached. The building could provide a nice place for families to hang out with safe and fun activities for the local community. Living Under One Sun in Tottenham Hale would be a really good model to base it on.

New Barnet doesn’t need a private cafe; Potters Pantry is 5 minutes round the...

This should be a community space with a not for profit cafe attached. The building could provide a nice place for families to hang out with safe and fun activities for the local community. Living Under One Sun in Tottenham Hale would be a really good model to base it on.

New Barnet doesn’t need a private cafe; Potters Pantry is 5 minutes round the corner and people can go to Trent Park if they want to spend a fortune. New Barnet needs to rebuild after covid as a community; this space is brimming with potential for a genuinely purposeful community space for all people, young and old.

No to privatisation, yes to community.

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Stefan Filby
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I hope the same can be considered for the cricket pavilion at Underhill, which could be somewhere to display memories of Barnet FC as well.

Mark Roberts
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Nice amenity to open up

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