Housing development on former Rugby ambulance station site named after dedicated staff member

Rugby's MP and Mayor attended the ceremony along with Wilf's family, friends and colleagues
Rugby's MP and Mayor attended the ceremony along with Wilf's family, friends and colleagues

A new development of affordable homes has been officially opened this week on the former site of Rugby ambulance station.

It has been named after Wilf Brown, a special member of the ambulance service’s team with 35 years’ service.

Wilf's widow Anne Brown with Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, Mayor of Rugby Cllr Richard Dodd, and attendees. Photo by Claire Groocock.

Wilf's widow Anne Brown with Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, Mayor of Rugby Cllr Richard Dodd, and attendees. Photo by Claire Groocock.

The ambulance station closed in 2013 as part of a re-organisation and it was replaced by two new bases at other locations in Rugby.

The £365,000 development was built by Waterloo Housing Group in partnership with Rugby Borough Council and Seddon Construction Limited.

The scheme comprises 29 homes for rent and shared ownership and it attracted government grant support of more than £1million.

As part of the ceremony, residents, councillors and partners gathered to see a commemorative plaque paying tribute to Wilf unveiled by his widow, Anne Brown and the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Richard Dodd.

Speaking at the ceremony, Anne said: “It is a real honour to have this housing development named after Wilf, he would be so pleased and I know this will be a lasting legacy to the contribution he made during his life.”

Rugby Borough Councillor, Leigh Hunt, said:“The mix of new homes at Wilf Brown Close help meet our strategic housing objectives and I’m delighted our partnership with Waterloo Housing has resulted in a quality development for our residents.”