Councils in agreement on church expansion plans

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HAMPSHIRE County Council has agreed for a activity hall, community space and coffee shop to be built as part of a new church building in Fareham.

Fareham Borough Council has supported the Locks Heath Church expansion with a matched funding grant of £40,000.

The new site will offer a community-friendly space for concerts, outreach events and services such as debt advice, food bank, addiction recovery and job clubs.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: “Locks Heath Free Church welcomes nearly 800 people through their doors each week and with this expansion it will be in a position to play an even greater role in our community.’