Community centre looks to new home

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THE people behind a new community facility are already looking towards a future in a new purpose-built home.

The Highlands Hub, a three-way project between Fareham and Hampshire councils and St Columba Church, officially opened on the site of failed off-licence Threshers last month.

It provides a cafe with free internet access, and there are also several meeting rooms which will be used by organisations such as the CAB, local police and council officers for clinics and drop-in sessions.

But the space is only being rented on a three-year lease.

The Rev Philip Cochrane, of St Columba, said: ‘Our big plan is for the scrubland opposite.

‘We will be working with the county council which has secured the land for us.’

Jim Palmer, chairman of the hub’s management committee, said: ‘There has been a lot of public money put up for this community space already, so we need to make sure it works for the sake of the community.’

Plans are at an early stage and Mr Palmer added: ‘Raising the money for the building will be quite challenging.’

The centre is part of the wider Fareham Park Project which aims to target the underlying causes of deprivation in North West Fareham.