A NEW community centre for Shinfield is set to start being constructed next month, councillors announced recently.

Shinfield Parish Council and the Wokingham Borough Council made the announcement last week, July 17, stating that construction is set to begin in August, with the demolition of the old British Legion building.

Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure said, “It is wonderful to be working so closely with Shinfield Parish Council to bring the local community together. "The centre has been designed to be able to host a wide variety of activities and events so there will be something for everyone, the hub of the community."

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The news comes as a part of the Shinfield major development, with plans of developing new homes, a district centre, a supermarket and other shops, two new primary schools, and a neighbourhood centre in Spencers Wood.

Andrew Grimes, Chair of Shinfield Parish Council said: "We are thrilled that we have taken the next step forward with this exciting project for our community and cannot wait for construction to start in August and the centre to open to the community next year.”

The centre is expected to open in late 2021.

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Cllr Wayne Smith, executive member for planning and enforcement added, “It’s so exciting to see so much infrastructure being built across the borough: just to name some of the recent projects, we have Bohunt Secondary School which is the first new secondary school in the borough for 50 years, the Shinfield and Arborfield relief roads, Floreat Montague Primary School in Wokingham, Aldergrove C of E Primary School in Shinfield, Ryeish Green Sports Hub and now this new community centre in Shinfield.”

Details of the designs for the new centre can be found on the council’s website by searching for planning application 191387.