New £550,000 community centre for Cawston

People in Cawston are looking forward to the opening of a long-awaited community centre.

The plan was approved at last Wednesday’s meeting of Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee.

It is being built on land off Scholars Drive and will cost £550,000.

Cllr Matt Emery, who is a member of Cawston Parish Council, said: “We are all really pleased the plan has been approved.”

He said it was a nervous wait at Rugby Town Hall waiting for the application to be discussed.

“It had lots of really positive comments from the councillors, who said they would be proud if their community had a facility like the one we’re proposing. The wait was quite nerve-wracking but it sailed through.”

He said it has taken many years of hard work by various volunteer councillors to first secure a piece of suitable land, then to negotiate with the building consortium to transfer this land to parish ownership.

“The current building proposal on the 0.21-hectare site has been thoughtfully designed by HB Architects in Rugby,” said Cllr Emery. “The community has already raised £150,000 towards the new community centre,” added Mr Emery.

“It would be nice to secure some funding and we are hoping to reach the target within 18 months.”

People living in Cawston say it will be a focal point for the community.

Cllr Emery said: “We envisage the centre being used for a range of activities as Cawston currently has karate, pilates, zumba, guides, brownies, WI all jostling for space in the school hall.”

He said the situation worsens around Christmas. “We hope to be able to work with the school and complement them especially around Christmas time when their hall gets very full in the run up to nativity season both with hall space and additional parking close to hand,” he added. “We have designed in a small amount of rentable space to help out long term users keep their belongings in the hall.

“We have heard talk of people wanting to hold a annual beer festivals, summer barbecues and a local film club.”

Cllr Emery added: “The potentials are endless. It’s an exciting time for Cawston.”