Residents are given a chance to name planned Somers Town community hub

FUTURE An artist's impression of The Somers Town hub
FUTURE An artist's impression of The Somers Town hub
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NAME suggestions are being sought for the proposed space-age community hub in Somers Town.

People in the area have been asked to share their ideas for what to call the controversial structure, which will cost £12m and is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.

Cllr Steven Wylie, Portsmouth City Council cabinet member for housing, said: ‘We want the community to be right at the heart of this and that is why we want local people to be involved in the naming of a building which is going to have such a positive impact in the area.’

The building will span Winston Churchill Avenue and is set to house a modern community centre with sports facilities and café, a new health centre and a youth club with outdoor ball court.

A council spokesman said they were compiling a long list of name suggestions from the local community.

Doubts have been raised previously about the future of the scheme because of delays in signing a crucial contract with the NHS.

But the council announced at the end of April an agreement with the health authority had finally been reached, despite the contract remaining unsigned.

Anyone who would like to share their ideas can email tim.raw@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call (023) 9283 4954.

To find out more about the plans for Somers Town, go to the Somers Town regeneration project web pages at portsmouthcc.gov.uk/living