Traveller site revamp costing £900k completed by Rugby Borough Council

The revamped site in Ryton-on-Dunsmore
The revamped site in Ryton-on-Dunsmore

Work on a major revamp of the Woodside Park gypsy and traveller site in Ryton-on-Dunsmore has been completed.

The £900,000 refurbishment and expansion of the site off Oxford Road was carried out by Rugby Borough Council and funded by a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The project has increased the number of pitches at Woodside Park from a dozen to 18.

The refurbishment of the site’s pitches includes new kitchens, bathrooms, front doors, flooring and damp proofing.

In addition, all pitches have also been fitted with electricity meters.

The revamp plans were drawn up by the council following consultations with tenants at Woodside Park. Work started on site in August 2014.

Cllr Leigh Hunt, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable inclusive communities, said: “By working in partnership with the community, we have delivered a host of improvements to Woodside Park tailored to the needs of our tenants.

“The expansion of the site benefits the borough by increasing the number of homes available for the travelling community.

“The new pitches also benefit the council, generating extra rental income to move the site on to a more sustainable financial footing.

“We now plan to build on our partnership with the community to help maintain Woodside Park as a home all tenants can be proud of.”