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Hillside Demolition Starts to Make Way for Shared Centre for Wymering and Paulsgrove

Author: Portsmouth City Council Published: 19th February 2012 16:55

 Demolition of the old Hillside youth and community centre in Paulsgrove is under way, to make way for a modern £1.4m building.

Work on building a new youth and community centre is due to start in August. The new centre is expected to open a year later.

Planned facilities include a youth centre upstairs, with a kitchen, a TV, video games, a pool table, a lounge area, art facilities and computers. Downstairs will be a sports hall and two community meeting rooms.

The new centre is designed to serve Paulsgrove and Wymering.

The council decided to build a combined centre after Wymering community centre was destroyed in a fire, and the Hillside building came to the end of its working life.

 The new centre, approved by Sport England, will be the third such building on the Cheltenham Road site.  

Cllr Rob Wood, the council's Cabinet Member for Children and Education, said: "At a time of cutbacks, it's good to be looking forward to a new, modern building for young people and other residents in Paulsgrove and Wymering.

"It wasn't possible for us to provide two new buildings, but this flexible, multi-purpose centre will be able to cater for people from a wide area.

"Many people have fond memories of the previous buildings on the Hillside site and at Wymering, and I'm sure this new centre will be part of people's lives in the same way."

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pam b
At 17:23 on 19th February 2012, pam b commented:
The 'new build' is only made possible because of the fire at Wymering community centre, it was built using Lottery funding for THE PEOPLE OF WYMERING, unfortunately THE COUNCIL decided NOT to rebuild it using insurance money but to stick it in their bank account with the alterea motive to rebuild Hillside youth club......most meetings about 'the new club' were either not advertised in the right places for residents to attend, or at really bad times when most people were at work...
It was a forgone conclusion that we the residents of Wymering were powerless to do anything about......
You might think 'oh yea, a Wymering resident having a gripe about the new centre being built in Paulsgrove.....I actually grew up in Paulsgrove, and my Dad ran football teams in Hillside, but I can tell you now, YOU will NEVER GET PAULSGROVE AND WYMERING RESIDENTS SHARING ONE CENTRE...Sports hall will just be a money making business for the council...
pam b
At 17:23 on 19th February 2012, pam b commented:
The 'new build' is only made possible because of the fire at Wymering community centre, it was built using Lottery funding for THE PEOPLE OF WYMERING, unfortunately THE COUNCIL decided NOT to rebuild it using insurance money but to stick it in their bank account with the alterea motive to rebuild Hillside youth club......most meetings about 'the new club' were either not advertised in the right places for residents to attend, or at really bad times when most people were at work...
It was a forgone conclusion that we the residents of Wymering were powerless to do anything about......
You might think 'oh yea, a Wymering resident having a gripe about the new centre being built in Paulsgrove.....I actually grew up in Paulsgrove, and my Dad ran football teams in Hillside, but I can tell you now, YOU will NEVER GET PAULSGROVE AND WYMERING RESIDENTS SHARING ONE CENTRE...Sports hall will just be a money making business for the council...
pam b
At 19:51 on 19th February 2012, pam b commented:
Don't know why it posted twice....????.

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