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Repatriation car park has new £76,000 improvements
8:20am Monday 30th December 2013 in News
THE number of spaces at a community sports pavilion used as a rest area for bereaved families during military repatriations has been increased.
West Oxfordshire District Council says the car park has been extended, resurfaced and spaces reconfigured to create an extra 44 parking bays at the pavilion in Monahan Way, Carterton. It has brought the total to 80.
In addition, three disabled spaces have been created directly outside the pavilion and a one-way system is being introduced to help with access and parking.
The council-owned pavilion is used as a gathering point at RAF Brize Norton repatriations.
Work was funded by a £76,000 grant from Oxfordshire County Council.
Richard Langridge, the district council's cabinet member for communities, said: “We are keen to support the families of fallen soldiers and we hope this work will make access easier for those wishing to pay their respects to the fallen.
“The pavilion is also used by the community and various sports groups, so this work will benefit local people as well.”
Ian Hudspeth, the leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “I hope that the upgrade will make access easier for those attending the ceremonies.’’
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