EURO-MP TO MEET SOUTHAMPTON SCHOOLCHILDREN AT PROPOSED ‘COMMUNITY HUB’
Event: Euro-MP visits site of proposed community facility
Place: St Mark's Church of England Junior School, Stafford Road,
Southampton, SO15 5TE
Time: Friday, March 3rd, 11am
SOUTHAMPTON schoolchildren are to tell Green Party Euro-MP Caroline Lucas of
their plans to create a community learning and leisure facility in one of
the most diverse and densely-populated districts of the city.
Caroline is to visit St Mark's Church of England Junior School in Shirley
which is next to the former Civil Service Sports Association (CSSA) ground.
The CSSA sold the six-acre site to developer Bovis Homes, which currently
allows the school to hire part of the seven-acre site for sports lessons –
but reserves the right to terminate the arrangement with as little as one
But there has been a long- running campaign, led by Cevn Vibert of the
Freemantle and Shirley Community Association and supported by the school, to
see the ground opened up for use by community.
St Mark's pupils are undertaking an exercise to plan how the ground could be
changed into a facility for the whole community.
Dr Lucas said: "I am delighted to have been invited to St Mark's to hear
what the children would like to see on this sports field and to meet with
members of the community who are working hard to open this ground up to
Headteacher Anne Steele-Arnett said: "My Young Engineers - aged between
seven and 11 years of age - are carrying out a design project to look at
what a school of the future might look like as a Centre of Community
Learning in 2020.
"We will be working with environmentalists, architects and planners on this
proposal, which is hypothetical, but will enable our pupils to understand
how we can reduce costs and use more appropriate, energy-efficient resources
in the future."
Mr Vibert's dream is that the sports ground will become a sustainable energy
efficient ‘community hub’ with football pitches, tennis courts, bowls greens
on the site, as well as an education centre, health facility,
non-denominational religious centre, swimming pool, al fresco café and BBQ
and picnic areas.
He wants to hold community planning days to generate ideas that could form
the basis of a development brief. He said Southampton City Council could
assist the community purchase the site – and his idea has already earned