Lord Mayor hails children’s contribution to Somers Town

Aaron Prior, 15, and his mum Sam Picture: Sarah Standing (170834-4170)

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TWO pupils have been applauded for making a presentation in the House of Commons about the Somers Town regeneration project.

Gavin Stockton and Kimberley Street, both 14, of Portsmouth’s Charter Academy, spoke to MPs and business representatives about how the new state-of-the art facilities, quality family homes and improvements to the layout of the area would affect their lives.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Paula Riches, visited Charter Academy on Thursday to praise pupils for their excellent ambassadorial work for the city.

She said: ‘These children were fantastic ambassadors for Charter Academy, for Somers Town and for the whole of Portsmouth.’

She added: ‘The contribution they have made to a bright new future for the area should not be underestimated.’

Last month, plans for quality new housing and retail at the gateway to Somers Town were been given the green light as city councillors granted planning permission.

Work on 10 eco-friendly three-bedroom family houses, 12 two-bedroom flats and retail units on the site of Wellington Street car park are now underway.

Kimberley said: ‘It’s good for people in our block.

‘At the moment their are loads of us living in one house and their is not enough room for us.

‘Its going to make a massive difference to my life as most of us will be able to have our own rooms and a garden, which is so important as currently its crowded and the kids run up and down the hallways because there is no room.

‘I am really looking forward to the new houses.’

The current stage of the regeneration scheme is due to be completed in summer 2012.

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