Marlborough Pavilion: View The Plans

Image credit: Kyle Smart Associates and St Albans City and District Council (Design and Access Statement)

Some fantastic news in our journey towards getting a Community Hub for Sopwell: The full planning details for the proposed building at the Marlborough Pavilion site are now available for public viewing, and we can finally show you what the new centre will look like! For more information, view the Documents section for the application on the SADC Planning Portal (a good place to start if you want an overview of the building is the “Design and Access Statement” document, about half way down the list).

Image credit: Kyle Smart Associates and St Albans City and District Council (Design and Access Statement)
Image credit: Smith Jenkins Town Planning (Planning Statement, Marlborough Pavilion, St Albans)

Community Garden news

We’re half way through our Zoom community engagement sessions with Alison Findlay and Claire Davitt from the RHS, to help design our garden. Delivering this content by Zoom is new to the RHS, but we’ve been really impressed with the delivery and so very, very grateful for their help!

We know Zoom isn’t for everyone, or the timings don’t suit, so do get in touch if you’d like to be more involved with the design process offline. We’d really love your input.

More details on what we’ve been covering in the Zoom sessions and how to get involved can be found here . Do watch the videos for inspiration, contribute to the polls and work up a design for us! Keep an eye out here, on social media and in the next newsletter to find out more of our progress on the garden. We’ll be turning it into reality in the very near future. Exciting!


Community hub planning application set for March

Artist’s impression of proposed community hub. Image credit: St Albans District Council

We are pleased to let you know that we are a step closer in getting our hoped-for community hub at the Marlborough Pavilion site in Sopwell.

A planning application for the project is due to be submitted by St Albans District Council next month, with the proposed building including “a main hall of 100 square metres, a café, a kitchen suitable for providing event catering and Changing Places toilets. There will also be wudu wash facilities for members of the Muslim community to carry out ablutions before prayer and a multi-faith quiet room for anyone to use for personal reflection or prayer.” These are alongside a cycle hub and outside improvements to the local BMX track.

Read the whole press release on the Council website here and the associated Herts Advertiser piece here.

#ShowTheLove Half Term Activity for Children

Grow Community – Sopwell supported The Climate Coalition’s #ShowTheLove campaign by providing a fun activity for children over the half-term; encouraging a more plant-based diet and learning food growing skills.

Thank you to everyone who came and collected their free pea seeds and an information pack from our seed and seedling stall at 71 Leyland Avenue, and the Green Heart poster to display in your window.

More info on carbon emissions from common foods: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualising-the-greenhouse-gas-impact-of-each-food/