WORK has begun on a £2million community hub in Whitnash.
The civic centre and library on Acre Close will also include a multi-use sports hall, community café, meeting room and offices for the town council.
It is expected to be completed by next summer and will replace the town’s existing community hall and bring a number of local services together.
The development has been funded through a £1million grant and £900,000 from Warwick District Council, a £150,000 Sport England grant, and £154,000 from Warwickshire County Council.
An additional £20,000 was raised by the community to ensure people could visit using sustainable transport. This will cover the cost of some landscaping, electric vehicle charging points and state-of-the-art bike racks. Remaining costs will be covered by a £250,000 public works loan taken by the town council.
Whitnash district and town councillor Tony Heath said: “A civic centre and library on Acre Close has been a priority for our local community since it was identified by public consultation in our neighbourhood plan. I am therefore very pleased that thanks to support from Warwick District Council, Warwickshire County Council and the efforts of local businesses and residents, this vital multi-functional facility will soon be up and running for the benefit of everyone in our town.”
And Warwick District Council leader coun Andrew Day added: “The great town of Whitnash deserves nothing less than a strong community hub. As work begins on this historic project, we also celebrate what can be achieved when we come together and focus on the needs of our community.
“This major investment is built on years of hard work to create a modern civic centre and library fit for the future of this growing and changing town.
“When completed next year, the centre will I’m sure, not only bring benefits to local residents, but provide new jobs and confidence at a critical time for our district.”