PLANNING permission for a £1m new scout hut in Wroughton could be submitted by the summer.

The village’s scout group held a consultation event in the village, showing-off plans for the proposed building.

If successful in raising the cash and winning planning permission, the 1st Wroughton Scouts want to demolish the existing Maunsell Way pavilion and replace it with a brand-new hut that could also act as a home for the village’s youth club.

And the new building would replace the scout group’s existing 67-year-old building. The hut, which was built in the same year as Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, is poorly insulated and has an asbestos lining in the roof.

Matt Bather, a scout leader with the troop, said: “It’s amazing it’s lasted this long.”

The new building would give scouts better access to outdoor space to the north of Maunsell Way.

“We’ve got loads of outdoor space here and we can spill out from the building to play,” Mr Bather said.

The group currently numbered 110 brownies, cubs, scouts and older explorer scouts: “We’ve been experiencing constant growth for the past five to six years. We’ve outgrown our existing hut. This building would give us modern, fresh facilities.”

Paul Hurst, who has lived in Wroughton for the last 30 years, backed the plans: “I think it’s necessary and it’s the right place to build it.”

Anyone who wants a say on the proposals can attend the Wroughton Parish Council annual parish meeting on Monday, April 29, from 7.30pm at the Ellendune Community Centre.