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REDECORATED Residents of Tipton House in Portsmouth in the newly-opened community room, from left, Irene Parris, Anne Haselton, and Joan Masterson.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110108-2)
REDECORATED Residents of Tipton House in Portsmouth in the newly-opened community room, from left, Irene Parris, Anne Haselton, and Joan Masterson. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110108-2)
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IT was smiles all round as these ladies celebrated the extension of their community room in Somers Town.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Cheryl Buggy joined in with the fun at Tipton House, Warwick Crescent, to mark the end of the latest stage in the area’s regeneration.

The project team will build 22 family houses and three shops on a site in Wellington Street by October.

Cllr Buggy said: ‘The new community room is bright and inviting with lovely views into the garden.

‘I am sure it is a space that will give residents pleasure and companionship for many years to come, so congratulations to everybody who has made it possible.’

Les Bembrey, chairman of the Tipton House Residents Association, said: ‘This has made a big difference to the block. We can do so much more and welcome so many more people to spend time together, which makes it a better place to live for everybody.’

Cllr Steven Wylie, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: ‘We are working closely with local people to make really positive changes in Somers Town.’