Pavilion plans will bring post office back to village

Westbury Pavilion
Westbury Pavilion

A £500,000 village pavilion could include a part-time post office and a cafe, if plans get the go ahead.

The complete rebuild of Westbury Pavilion hangs on securing lottery funding but Westbury Parish Council has reached the third and final stage.

Project lead Sue Barrett said after the loss of the village pub and post office, a ‘new community focal hub’ is needed.

She said: “It’s all been very exciting and we have put in a lot of work. I just hope we have ticked all the right boxes.

“It has served us all well but it was built in 1975, it’s hard to heat and has a leaky roof.

“We’d like to put a CollectPlus service in there and sell stamps.”

The new pavilion will be 50 per cent bigger and include sports changing rooms, an improved kitchen, a new bar and a function room for up to 120 people.

There are also plans to have a community shop after feedback from village residents.

More than 70 per cent of 97 residents said a community shop is important and more than 80 per cent called for local produce and postal services. Susanne Ashley, who carried out the survey, said: “We’re looking at having a shop and people want local produce.

“We’ve got local farmers that do lamb, asparagus, honey production. Ice creams as well and there will be a cafe too.

“And hopefully it will be ready for the start of the cricket season next spring.”

Paperwork for the final stage, which involves architects’ drawings and a business plan, will be submitted next month.

But the village is also hoping to add to the £500,000 lottery grant by raising £20,000 through fundraisers.

These include a cricket match on June 22 and the Westbury Fete on July 13.