29th May, 2020

Fund-raising councillors hopes for sustainable transport at Whitnash's new civic centre

AN APPEAL has been launched to ensure people can visit Whitnash’s new civic centre and library using sustainable modes of transport.

Whitnash Town Council is looking to replace its outdated community centre with a £2million facility at Acre Close, next to the town’s main shopping area, sports field and children’s play area.

It comes after the Whitnash neighbourhood plan deemed the town needed a central hub.

But councillors say while money for the building has been secured through grants, some £22,000 was needed to pay for two electric charge points and a state of the art bike shelter.

Councillors have set up a fund-raising page to raise the money which they say will increase visitors to the new library, civic centre and shops.

A town council spokeswoman said: “Whitnash has expanded considerably over recent years with extensive areas of new housing development. With the proposed new developments, the residential population of Whitnash is set to increase.

“The council wish to improve facilities for the town while also promoting green travel and support to local businesses.

“We will provide improvements ensuring visitors to the centre can get there using sustainable transport methods.”

The town council is calling on residents and businesses to donate online ahead of work, which they hope will start over the coming months.

The spokeswoman added: “The project will fund the installation of electric car charge points which will attract electric car drivers to the area and increase footfall.

“We also hope to provide a state of the art bike shelter which will provide assurances to cyclists using local facilities that their bikes will be kept secure and dry.

“In delivering this project, the local community will benefit from an enhanced public area which brings people together and allows businesses to be supported.”

Visit www.spacehive.com/destination-whitnash to donate or find out more.

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