People in Newbold can have a say on ambitious plans to transform a former allotment site.
The borough council has joined forces with the Newbold-on-Avon Community Partnership to launch a public consultation on the plans, which aim to revamp the former allotments off Parkfield Road.
The site has stood empty for more than decade after it was acquired at the turn of the millennium under a compulsory purchase order for the building of the town’s Western Relief Road.
But nearly 30,000 sq metres of land has now been returned to the council, paving the way for plans to transform the site into a community asset.
The council, working with the community partnership, has drawn up draft proposals for the site, including a park, play area, wildlife zones, allotments, a nature play trail, picnic area, landscaping and new footpaths.
The consultation was launched this week to give residents the chance to have a say on the plans and help shape the final masterplan for the project.
Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, believes the plans are a chance to bring the site back into use for the community.
He said: “We want to make the site a flagship green space in the borough, and I’d encourage all residents in Newbold to take part in the consultation and help us deliver an asset the whole community can be proud of.”
Cllr Claire Edwards, ward councillor for Newbold and Brownsover and one of the founders of the Newbold-on-Avon Community Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the council on this exciting project and look forward to the plans taking shape.
“The community has a vital role to play in making sure the final masterplan meets Newbold’s needs, so I hope all residents take the opportunity to get involved and have a say.”
The partnership has started to deliver leaflets detailing the plans and inviting residents to take part in the consultation to homes in Newbold.