community facilities in augusta park

Over the past month I have been contacted by several residents concerning the lack of community facilities in Augusta Park. Of particular concern is the failure of the developers to provide a suitable community centre. As I have previously reported the temporary building intended for this use has been rejected by Test Valley Borough Council as totally unsuitable. This building was supposed to open after the occupation of 100 homes. Now over 300 homes are occupied and the developers have failed to meet their legal obligation to provide a facility. Negotiations are continuing and  its hoped a centre will be opened early in the New Year. I am continuing to chase Test Valley’s officers to get this matter resolved.

In the meantime community events and facilites are being introduced. Four “walking for health” walks will take place in the New Year starting outside the yet to be opened community centre on the corner of Sunflower Way and Pasture Walk. The walks start at 10:00 am on Thursdays 6th and 20th January and 3rd and 17th February. Also in January a new parent and toddler group starts on Monday 10th from 1:30 to 2:30 at the Spring Meadow Childrens Centre in Smannell Road. Meetings will take place every Monday in term time. For more details of either of these contact Sharon Goodridge on 01264 368622 or [email protected].

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