New homes named in honour of local hero

25 September 2015

Our new development of affordable homes has now officially opened on the former site of Rugby ambulance station and has been named in recognition of Wilf Brown, a special and popular member of the ambulance service’s team with 35 years' service.

The ambulance station closed in 2013 as part of a re-organisation of the ambulance service, when it was replaced by two brand new bases at other locations in Rugby.

The £3,650,000 development was built by Waterloo Housing Group in partnership with Rugby Borough Council and Seddon Construction Limited. The scheme comprises 29 homes for rent and shared ownership. 

The new housing attracted government grant support of more than £1,000,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency which has assisted with the development of much needed affordable housing within a prime location.

Councillor Leigh Hunt, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable inclusive communities, said:

“The council plays an important role in ensuring housing developments meet the needs of our residents and we worked closely with Waterloo Housing throughout the development of the former ambulance station site.

“The mix of new homes at Wilf Brown Close, particularly the one-bedroomed units, help meet our strategic housing objectives and I’m delighted our partnership with Waterloo Housing has resulted in a quality development for our residents.”

As part of the ceremony, residents, Councillors and partners gathered to see a commemorative plaque paying tribute to Wilf unveiled by his widow, Anne Brown and the Mayor of Rugby, Councillor Richard Dodd. On unveiling the plaque Anne said:

“It is a real honour to have this housing development named after Wilf, he would be so pleased and I know this will be a lasting legacy to the contribution he made during his life.”

Anthony Riley, group director of development and operations at Waterloo Housing Group said:

"We are pleased that by working with our partners, not only have we been able to meet local housing need, but also make a fitting tribute to a special member of the Rugby ambulance service who served his local community for many years.”