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A joint community centre and rugby clubhouse could be built at Wynhill playing fields in Bingham.
Discussions have taken place between Bingham Town Council and Bingham Rugby Club and the possibility will be further explored in the coming weeks.
Bingham Rugby Club needs to find up to £40,000 to improve the exterior of its Town Pavilion, which is leased from the council.
A town councillor, Mr Francis Purdue-Horan, suggested the joint facility when the rugby club approached the council for a grant.
The rugby club chairman, Mr John Perry, said the Wynhill site had many positives including the fact that the council already owned the pavilion and land.
Mr Perry said: “We are more than happy to sit down and discuss this with them.
“It is a very good site. Although it is not in the centre of Bingham, it is safe, there is parking and services like gas and electricity are already there — there are a lot of positives.
“I presume the costs of providing a facility there would be a lot cheaper.”
The rugby club was formed in 1971 and originally played at Toot Hill School.
The pavilion was a temporary bank building from Oxford, which the club has been using since its move to Wynhill.
The club president, Mr Bob Buchanan said they would have no problem with the council providing a community facility at Wynhill, as long as the rugby club was allowed to continue to train on Tuesdays and Thursdays and play at weekends.
He said they would also need changing and toilet facilities, a bar and kitchen.
Mr Buchanan said they already allowed the pavilion to be used by community groups and for some social events, but a bigger centre could be used for the whole community.
Mr Buchanan said: “I think it would be very good. We would have no objections to it.
“It would create a much better facility for everyone.
“It has got the space — two rugby pitches, the clubhouse and a lot of spare land.
The Mayor of Bingham, Mr George Davidson, said the plan was still at an early stage and no commitment had been made.
Mr Davidson said architects from the Butt Field project would carry out a feasibility study.
He said: “They are going to see whether there is any legs on this proposal or not.”
The town council is also still exploring the idea of providing a community centre at the same site chosen for the new health centre in Bingham.