Green for go, say villagers in bid for £500,000 centre

PUBLISHED: 12:14 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010

Architects Ashley Courtney and Tania Gomez with a model of the possible building - 2134DW19

Architects Ashley Courtney and Tania Gomez with a model of the possible building - 2134DW19

RESIDENTS are backing a proposal to build an environmentally-friendly community centre in their village. A blueprint for the £500,000 proposed building in Melbourn was presented to the village on Saturday. The presentation, which attracted about 120 villa

RESIDENTS are backing a proposal to build an environmentally-friendly community centre in their village.

A blueprint for the £500,000 proposed building in Melbourn was presented to the village on Saturday.

The presentation, which attracted about 120 villagers, enabled residents to speak to councillors and architects about plans for the building.

Residents would benefit from a library, meeting room, parish office and hall to seat around 150 people, if the project moves forward.

Architect Ashley Courtney, of Freeland Rees Roberts in Cambridge said: "I am hoping to exceed the building regulations with super insulation, sustainable materials, and a green absorbent roof.

"It's going to be a modern and elegant building which will fit in with civic use. I hope it will be a prominent and easily recognisable building."

Councillor Michael Sherwen said: "The day was very successful.

"The vast majority of people who came to the presentation open day were in favour of having a community centre because they could see it would have a lot to offer."

The parish council will now analyse its findings, and if the outcome is positive, will apply to the Big Lottery Fund for a grant to fund the project.

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