Portchester Community Centre declared open

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A NEW £2m community centre has been officially opened in Portchester.

Leader of Fareham Borough Council Sean Woodward and Leader of Hampshire County Council Ken Thornber unveiled a plaque at the centre to mark its opening.

The new Portchester Community Centre in Westlands Grove Portchester was officially opened on Tuesday by The Leader of Hampshire County Council, Ken Thorber''(left to right) Cllr. Sean Woodward, Jasmine Allen (9), of Castle Primary School, Ken Thorber, Reuben Rowekk (8) of Castle Primary School together with Cllr. Connie Hockley ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13776-5200)

The new Portchester Community Centre in Westlands Grove Portchester was officially opened on Tuesday by The Leader of Hampshire County Council, Ken Thorber''(left to right) Cllr. Sean Woodward, Jasmine Allen (9), of Castle Primary School, Ken Thorber, Reuben Rowekk (8) of Castle Primary School together with Cllr. Connie Hockley ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13776-5200)

Councillors were given a guided tour of the facilities, which have been operational but not fully finished since January.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘I am absolutely delighted. It has been a long road, almost three years to the day since we first got together and worked out how we could provide a new centre for Portchester.

‘Three years and £2m later we are here with a fantastic new building.’

Pupils Reuben Rowell, 8, and Jasmine Allen, 9, were representing Castle Primary School, which has loaned the centre a bell which sits in a bell tower on the roof.

The bell tower was paid for by Taylor Wimpey, which gave the council £10,000 as part of an agreement to build houses along Portchester Road.

A consultation is due to start soon over what should happen to the site where the old community centre used to stand.

The council will ask residents whether they would like to see a multi-use games area, increase car parking or do both.