Public will decide what goes on site of former centre

Demolition of the old Portchester Community Centre which was originally opened in 1965. The intention is to return it to public open space.' 'The new community centre that can be seen in the background was opened in Nov 2012.' 'Picture: Paul Currie
Demolition of the old Portchester Community Centre which was originally opened in 1965. The intention is to return it to public open space.' 'The new community centre that can be seen in the background was opened in Nov 2012.' 'Picture: Paul Currie
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A PUBLIC consultation is to be held over what happens to land at Portchester Community Centre.

The old building has been demolished and Fareham Borough Council will consult on what to do with the space created.

The new Portchester Community Centre opened earlier this year on ground opposite where the old building used to stand.

Fareham Borough Council decided last night to put the decision on whether to build a new multi-use games area, extend the car park by 30 spaces or do both, into the hands of the public and a selection of groups.

Surveys will be sent out to the groups and they will also be invited to see the plans at the Civic Offices.

Groups to be consulted include the Portchester Community Association and Jeff Sparshott, who used to run the Portchester Tennis Club before it folded when the tennis courts it played on were removed last year.

Ward councillor Roger Price said: ‘It would be good if we could try to rekindle the tennis club by building some courts which the public could also have access to.

‘The previous courts were badly situated and attracted anti-social behaviour. The new games area could go nearer to the community centre whereby the police could keep an eye and the courts would be more out in the open.

‘There is certainly a need for a public tennis court and I would encourage the tennis club to come back and use it.’

Councillor Nick Gregory said: ‘One of the biggest concerns with an area like this is anti-social behaviour.’

He proposed adding extra CCTV.

The council also heard from officers that the games area will be enclosed by a 2m high fence, which will have a lockable gate.

The public will be able to have their say at an exhibition at the new community centre.

Council officers will be answering questions at the day-long event, the date of which is still to be decided.