First brick laid of new Portsmouth council house project

Somers Town's regeneration project begins -The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Paula Riches with, from left, Joe Crotty, nine,  from Somers Park Primary School, Kyle Thacker, 15, from Charter Academy and Tarina Smith, nine, from Cottage Grove Primary School.
Somers Town's regeneration project begins -The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Paula Riches with, from left, Joe Crotty, nine, from Somers Park Primary School, Kyle Thacker, 15, from Charter Academy and Tarina Smith, nine, from Cottage Grove Primary School.
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THE first brick of the first new council housing in Portsmouth for more than a decade has been laid.

Portsmouth’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Paula Riches, laid the symbolic gold brick at Warwick Crescent, Somers Town, where seven three and four-bedroom houses will be built.

She said: ‘It has been a very long time coming, but I’m delighted to be here today to lay the first brick. It’s an honour.’

Youngsters from Somers Park Primary School and Cottage Grove Primary School sang to a crowd of more than 50 residents and councillors to celebrate the Somers Town regeneration phase one official launch.

Piper Tilley, nine, from Somers Park Primary, said: ‘It’s a very good thing they’re building houses here. We’re all looking forward to seeing them when they are finished.’

Tarina Smith, also nine, of Cottage Grove Primary School, said: ‘The pictures of the houses look really nice. People will like to come and live here.’

Portsmouth City Council’s leader for housing, Cllr Steven Wylie, said: ‘It’s fantastic – a step towards something great for Somers Town.’