Horndean Community centre to receive grant

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A community hall will benefit from a grant to beef up its security.

Merchistoun Hall, in Portsmouth Road, Horndean, hosts sports clubs, mother-and-toddler groups, stage productions and weddings.

But it has been suffering from a rise in anti-social behaviour.

The problems include fly-tipping and nuisance motor cycling.

Horndean Community Association has been awarded £3,390 to improve security at the Grade II-listed building, along with four other schemes.

East Hampshire District Council cabinet members approved the funding out of a £140,000 budget earmarked for community projects.

Cllr Ken Carter said: ‘These are all excellent schemes which will benefit the residents of East Hampshire.’