BUILDING work to replace the outdated kiosk in Evesham’s Abbey Park has been halted because of the discovery of a birds nest.
Wychavon District Council had signed a contract with Spectrum Construction Ltd to build the new timber framed kiosk to replace the existing rotting structure.
However, a routine inspection discovered the feathered friends under the cladding of the old building and caused work to be halted.
Contractors had already begun to demolish and build the new kiosk for the beginning of the summer holidays.
Protective fencing has now been put around the kiosk until after the nesting season is over and contractors hope to be back on site in early September.
In the meantime, efforts will be made for refreshments to be delivered from a temporary site so park users can still enjoy ice cream and drinks over the summer months.
Wychavon’s Parks Officer, Lynn Stevens, said: “Although we have been carefully planning for the new kiosk and had expected it to open in time for the summer holidays, it would be most upsetting for us and the public if we were to carry on at the expense of our much valued wildlife.
“This course of action is what is expected of us as required by the Wildlife and Countryside Act and we ask for everyone’s patience and understanding over the delay,” she added.