Levy money to go towards community centre projects

WORKS'The Drayton Centre in Havant Road', Drayton, will benefit from council levy cash  'Picture: Paul Jacobs (151893-1)
WORKS'The Drayton Centre in Havant Road', Drayton, will benefit from council levy cash 'Picture: Paul Jacobs (151893-1)
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A COMMUNITY centre is to benefit from money raised from new developments in its neighbourhood.

The Drayton Centre, in Havant Road, Drayton, will get £43,000 for a new roof and insulation work.

The money will come from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds collected by Portsmouth City Council.

CIL contributions are paid by developers undertaking new building projects, and can be distributed by the council at the request of local councillors.

The grant was agreed last week by Councillor Luke Stubbs, the council’s Cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, along with funding for two other community projects.

Cllr Steve Wemyss, one of the ward councillors for Drayton and Farlington, said: ‘The chairman of the centre approached me a while ago and asked if there was any help the council could provide.

‘The centre has raised a lot of money for renovation work by its own efforts, but needed some more for the roof.

‘The centre has been going for nearly 100 years and is extremely well used. The roof is in a poor state and without this work the building could become unusable. This money will help it to keep going for another 100 years.’

Cllr Stubbs also agreed £9,100 of CIL money to help improve an area of green space at Eastney Community Centre, Milton, and £900 to fund a dropped curb at Haslemere Road, Southsea.

He said: ‘The CIL system is a way for developers to contribute to the communities where their projects are sited. I’m glad that the council can listen to community concerns, via local councillors, and where possible put CIL funds to good use.’

The Eastney Community Centre money will be used to make the area more welcoming and turn it into a usable space for visitors to both the centre and Bransbury Park, by including two picnic tables, raised beds, planters, drainage, cycle parking and resurfacing.

The Haslemere Road improvements will benefit older residents who live in Cornwell Court where the curb is to be dropped.