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TWO 10-year-olds have had their designs chosen to represent the first new council housing in Portsmouth in more than 50 years.

Work has started at Warwick Crescent, Somers Town, where seven new houses are to be built.

Somers Park Primary School children Forida Rahman and Sumaiyyah Khanam will now see their work painted on the hoardings surrounding the site.

Their artwork - of a child's hand holding an adult's in front of an imagined Somers Town scene - has also been chosen to be made into Christmas cards which will be sent to residents.

Forida Rahman said: 'What Somers Town really needs is new houses. I've been to the place where they're building new houses and I'm pleased our picture was chosen to be on the Christmas card.'

Housing boss Cllr Steve Wylie said: 'The design's fantastic. The kids have done a great job. 'This is what the regeneration of Somers Town is all about, everybody getting involved and working together for a bright new future.'

The properties will be the first council-funded houses built in the city since the post-war period.