PLANS to transform a former allotments site on land originally earmarked to be swallowed up by the western relief road have been unveiled.
The site off Parkfield Road in Newbold has stood empty for more than decade after it was acquired at the turn of the millennium to allow for the bypass.
But nearly 30,000 square metres of it has now been returned to the borough council, paving the way for plans to use it for 38 allotment plots, a park, play area, wildlife zones, a nature play trail, picnic area and footpaths.
Leaflets detailing the plans, drawn up with the Newbold-on-Avon Community Partnership, were delivered to homes in the area this week and made available to be downloaded from rugby.gov.uk/newboldconsultation.
Coun Dr Mark Williams, spokesman for sustainable environment, said: “We want to make the site a flagship green space in the borough, and I’d encourage all residents to take part in the consultation and help us deliver an asset the whole community can be proud of.”
Ward councillor Claire Edwards, who is one of the founders of the community partnership, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the council on this exciting project and look forward to the plans taking shape.
“The community has a vital role to play in making sure the final masterplan meets Newbold’s needs.”
The partnership was formed in 2013 and last year helped drawn up plans for a new play area at the Avon Mill Recreation Ground – one of six in Rugby to be granted Queen Elizabeth II Fields.