Community says new pavilion would be chance to pay tribute to former councillor Brian Gordon

© DC ThomsonThe remains of the Mill o’ Mains Pavilion after it was damaged by fire in July last year.
The remains of the Mill o’ Mains Pavilion after it was destroyed by fire in July 2017.

Calls have been made for a new permanent Mill o’ Mains community pavilion to be built and named after former North East councillor Brian Gordon.

The popular volunteer-run facility was devastated by a huge fire in summer 2017 with the Labour councillor at the forefront of the campaign to have it replaced. He died, aged 66, after a short battle with illness at the end of February.

Former councillor Brian Gordon.

Since the fire, the city council has been unable to source funding to rebuild the community hub but a temporary replacement was approved in November.

The major difficulty for the local authority is an estimated £1 million insurance excess which must be paid before the insurers meet the rest of the replacement costs.

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Dundee Labour leader Kevin Keenan said Mr Gordon had put a huge amount of his energy into fighting for a new facility.

He said: “Brian worked so hard as a councillor to have a replacement built.

“I think residents really appreciated everything he did. It hasn’t happened yet but I think it’s still possible. We need to push for it. For it to be named after him would be a fitting tribute.”

Yvonne Mullen, chairwoman of Mill o’ Mains pavilion committee, said: “I think to name a new building after Brian would be a fantastic gesture and something the whole community would be behind.”

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