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All smiles as work starts on new £1m pavilion

Work on creating the new modern sports and community pavilion started earlier today (Monday, 3 December) which will see Horsewell Lane, Wigston get a much anticipated purpose-built facility.

A ‘Ground Breaking’ event to mark the beginning of construction work took place and was attended by appointed contractors Derby-based G.F. Tomlinson’s, representatives from current and future pavilion tenants, Councillors, senior council staff and local residents.

The rain didn’t stop play as amongst refreshments and exciting discussions for future pavilion use the assembled group witnessed the landmark first piece of turf being disturbed, which symbolises the beginning of a new chapter in Horsewell Lane’s history . Oadby & Wigston Borough Councillor Lee Bentley, who has been a long-time champion of the project had the honour of ceremonial spade-wielding duties.

Thanks to Oadby & Wigston Borough Council’s £1m investment the new building will provide modern changing facilities for local sports clubs, a nursery for pre-school plus a new meeting room and main hall which will be available to hire.

The pavilion will be larger than the existing building and the scheme will include improved parking provision. The new building will be open in the summer of next year.

Future pavilion occupants in attendance included staff from the Little Fishes Nursery, representatives from the Wigston Club for Young People, Wigston Forum, Wigston Tennis Club and Wigston Foxes football team.

Lee bentleyOadby & Wigston Borough Councillor Lee Bentley (pictured), after breaking the ground next to the old pavilion building said:

“It’s great to be here with all the people that have helped to make this project come about.

“I would like to welcome our contractors G. F. Tomlinson and look forward to working with them on this project, it is very rewarding to see work actually starting on a scheme that a lot of local stakeholders have pushed for over a number of years, 20 plus actually.

“The designs for the new building are exciting and will be a great benefit for residents, existing users, the youth clubs and users of the facilities for sporting activities when it’s complete.”

One of the many groups eagerly looking forward to the creation of their new home were staff from the Little Fishes Nursery who are based at the pavilion. Sharon Raftery of Little Fishes said:

”The new pavilion will provide us with a modern facility to deliver the highest quality childcare from. Both staff and the children at Little Fishes are really looking forward to moving in.”

These sentiments were echoed by the Wigston Club for Young People. Ms Jean Crane (pictured) of the young persons’ group said:

“The club has supported young people in Wigston for fifty years now and the new pavilion will help attract new members and provide a base for us to help young people grow and develop into confident young adults for the next fifty years.”

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