Construction begins on new community hub for Ashbourne village

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Ashbourne recreation, Tarmac

Construction of the new ‘Pavilion in the Park’ is underway at Ashbourne Recreation ground, Derbyshire, after receiving a grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund

The new pavilion will comprise four sports changing rooms, a community café and bar, and a new community hub of around 120 sqm which will be the home for the Ashbourne Digital Learning Centre and the Ashbourne Recreation Ground Sports and Community Partnership (ARGSCP)’s ‘Community Offer’.

The ‘Community Offer’ will include a range of healthy living and wellbeing community programmes managed by ARGSCP along with the District Council’s Community Activator who will be based in the pavilion.

The work of the ARGSCP resulted in seven funders coming forward to raise a grand total of almost £1m to build the new community hub.

The final grant of £30,000 from Tarmac’s Landfill Communities Fund took the campaign ‘over the line’ allowing them to appoint a builder and start work.

Benefitting the local community

David Wood from the Partnership, said: “It’s extremely rewarding to see the new pavilion start to take shape.

“The old pavilion was over 60 years old and starting to become unsuitable for purpose or use by the community. It was high time our community had a state-of-the-art facility that could be used by the whole community.”

Darren Middleton, powders business manager from Tarmac’s nearby Ballidon Quarry, added: “Against the backdrop of a year in which community activities were few and far between, it is wonderful to see this facility start to take shape.

“We are pleased that Tarmac was able to contribute to top up the significant amount the partnership had already raised.

“This kind of practical project which will deliver wide-reaching benefits to the local community is exactly what the Tarmac Landfill Community Fund aims to achieve.”

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