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Boost to plans for new Micheldever Station Community Centre thanks to Hampshire County Council

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Micheldever Station Community and Recreation Centre has been awarded £200,000 by Hampshire County Council towards a new community facility.

Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, awarded the money from the Community Buildings and Capital Fund 2013/14 at his decision day on Thursday 6 March 2014.

Partnership funding from the Community Buildings and Capital Fund enables the voluntary and community sector to maintain the quality of Hampshire's village halls and Community Association buildings. This finance enables improvements to be made to those buildings and can assist with the development of new facilities where appropriate.

Recognising the value of these facilities for local communities, a year ago the County Council decided to set aside an additional £1 million to support some major community building projects. This is a one-off fund and it generated a lot of interest from local community groups who were invited to submit an Expression of Interest for a grant of up to £200,000. Of these, six have been awarded grants of varying amounts up to £200,000.

The total cost of the Warren Hall Community Hub Project at Micheldever Station, between Winchester and Basingstoke, is in excess of £400,000.

The money will go towards the replacement of the wooden sports pavilion and toilets, which has been condemned by the Football Association.

A new brick extension will house toilets, two changing rooms, showers and additional multiuse facilities. The wall of the changing rooms will be moveable so the space can be turned into a larger area for other activities, including band practice. A medium sized club room will be incorporated into plans so it can be used by smaller groups.

The proposed new facility is aimed to encourage activities by all age groups and Micheldever Station Community and Recreation Centre wants to install superfast broadband and facilities to support people working from home. The project is expected to benefit 800 residents in the village and surrounding areas.

Cllr Chapman said: "After visiting the project, it became apparent to me that the proposals for Micheldever Station Community and Recreation Centre would not go ahead without a grant of £200,000 from the County Council. Of all the places I visited, this was the place most in need of our support."

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