A WIRRAL park pavilion ravaged by fire in a suspected arson last year could be knocked down.

If approved the application submitted by the council would mean the outbuilding at Irby Park, which housed changing rooms and a kitchen area, will be knocked down and grassed over.

It comes after the arson attack on September 24, when emergency services responded to a call about the fire at the park off Mill Hill Road in Irby.

It is believed a second fire was set later that evening, with the entire incident treated as "deliberate ignition".

In the application to demolish the Wirral council-owned building, Neil Corser, on behalf of the local authority, said the single-storey building, which is brick-built and with a concrete-tiled roof, had been "fire damaged".

Images posted on social media by local resident Ken Rose at the time showed extensive damage to a changing room and smoke billowing into the sky, with council officials later attending to make the building safe.

Mr Rose said: "I live two roads away. On the day, I saw the smoke and flames from my garden and thought it was a house fire in the next road, so I went around to see the fire tenders in the park.

"I haven’t seen anything like it since I lived in Liverpool during the war."

The demolition method for the building would be with an excavator, the report added, with “80%” of the spoil and rubble produced to be recycled.

Also at Irby Park, which opened in 1937, is a bowling green, bookable tennis courts, playground, car park and playing fields.

Following the incident, there was a joint investigation into the cause of the fire.

A Merseyside Police spokesman confirmed on Wednesday there had been no arrests since the incident, after which no injuries were reported.

Wirral council, the local authority in charge of the park, was contacted for further information.