New Hillside Youth and Community Centre
The Lib Dem-run Portsmouth Council has approved plans for a new youth and community centre on the existing site. The re-development plan has been approved by Sport England, confirming their satisfaction with the proposed scheme. The building is proposed to be a two storey, square shaped building in plan that accommodates a range of uses, community and youth groups and provides different sizes of spaces for flexibility. Part of the provisions outlined is to have staff and disabled parking and spaces for bicycles.
The new community centre will cost approximately £1.4 million. £1 million of the budget will come from an insurance receipt contribution from the former Wymering Centre. The demolition of the existing centre is been scheduled for July 2012 with building work to proceed after that. Portsmouth Council is aiming for the opening date of the new centre to be September 2013.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Lee Hunt , Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, stated, “The previous run-down Hillside Youth Centre is being demolished to make way for this new combined centre with the former Wymering Community Centre. In the same way we have co-located Cosham’s Highbury Community Centre with a Children’s Centre into a new £1million local facility; it makes sense to co-locate these two centres onto the one Hillside site. This will ensure the new £1.4million facility is sustainable into the future with up-to-date technology and equipment, so it will be cheaper to run and maintain too – saving taxpayers money. Once again Cosham Conservatives voted and campaigned against it”.