First brick to be laid in Somers Town plan

THE first brick of Portsmouth's new council housing scheme will be laid tomorrow.

The city's Lord Mayor, Cllr Paula Riches, will lay the symbolic brick at Warwick Crescent, next to Tipton House, Somers Town.

The seven new eco-friendly homes will be the first new council homes built in the city in more than a decade, and form part of the Somers Town regeneration scheme phase one, on which 16.1m is being spent.

Other plans in the scheme include a community hub to be built over Winston Churchill Avenue and 29 houses and three shops in Wellington Street.

The second phase, which was to include more than 730 homes, has been thrown into doubt after the government withdrew 122m of PFI funding in November last year.

But the council's regeneration team has promised to find alternative funding, including looking at options of staggering the work, or attempting to secure EU funding.

The ceremony will take place at 2pm.