Following a public consultation, we are delighted to announce that that the new name for the programme to transform the Fareham North West community and leisure facilities adjacent to Henry Cort Drive will be 'Fareham Park'.
Fareham Park was the clear winner with 2,486, out of the total 2,594 votes. This name reflects the new ward name of the area which comes into effect for this year's local elections in May (currently this is Fareham North West).
The Council has appointed consultants Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to develop plans for the programme in more detail, using UKSPF funding. They are securing the views of the public regarding what the new facility will need to meet their needs, through a series of workshops with local community groups and services. Findings from these sessions will then published here as well as on the 'Let's Talk Fareham' Facebook page , to enable the wider community to have their say.
The plans that are developed following this consultation will form a major part of a public exhibition giving the whole community an opportunity to comment on them and ensure that everyone's needs have been considered.
We need your help to develop the vision for a new, larger, and flexible community centre able to respond to local needs and support the work of organisations and residents' activities.
Local community organisations and individual residents have supported those in need through the challenging times of Covid-19 and the Cost-of-Living Crisis. A larger more flexible community centre could support this important work as well as allowing more services, groups and people to benefit.
As the existing play area serves a wide community, we could improve the play area and explore possible additions to the wider recreational offering to ensure it meets your local needs.
As identified in Fareham's Local Plan 2037, this site could provide up to 55 much needed affordable homes. These new homes could meet some of the affordable housing need in the area and provide a variety of tenures once Phase 2, oulined below, is complete.
Phase 1: Relocate and improve the existing play and recreational facilities next to the existing community centre to the edge of the Recreation Ground to the southern side of Henry Cort Drive
Phase 2: A new, energy-efficient, larger and fit-for-purpose community centre; accessible toilets to service the football pitches; a replacement pétanque court and car parking for the new leisure and community facilities.
Fareham Borough has been awarded £1 million from the Government's Shared Prosperity Fund. Following this successful application for funding, up to £700,000 has been allocated to help deliver the Masterplan and Phase 1 of this project.
We are exploring further options for more external funding to be able to provide the community centre and facilities.