Local Issues

17 Jun

Work begins on Holly Hill Leisure Centre

The ground breaking ceremony for Fareham’s new multi-million pound Holly Hill Leisure Centre took place on June 15.

Conservative Cllr Seán Woodward is pictured with the Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Mike Ford and Conservative Cllr Trevor Cartwright.

Fareham Borough Council has contracted Balfour Beatty to construct the Leisure Centre on the site of the Coldeast Hospital in Sarisbury Green. When complete in summer 2016, the centre’s facilities will include:

  • A 25 metre pool with 6 swimming lanes
  • A learner pool
  • A gym with at least 100 pieces of equipment
  • Exercise room
  • Dance studio

When finished, the Leisure Centre will be managed by Everyone Active on behalf of the Council. There will also be two new junior football pitches, a children’s play area and a multi-use games area for people to enjoy on site. The Council’s Countryside Service and volunteers are managing the different natural habitats surrounding the centre.

For further information about this exciting project, please visit: http://www.fareham.gov.uk/hhleisurecentre

30 Mar

Council handed keys to Fareham Innovation Centre, Daedalus

Fareham Borough Council has officially taken over control of Fareham Innovation Centre, Daedalus in a ceremonial key handover event.

Colin Crowther, Construction Director at Bouygues UK – the company charged with delivering the new centre – passed the keys to Leader of the Council, Cllr Seán Woodward and The Mayor of Fareham, Cllr David Norris, to symbolise the building being transferred to the Council from the contractors.

During the day councillors and dignitaries received a tour of the £5.3m facility, which contains office space and workshops for new businesses, with a focus on the engineering, aerospace, aviation and marine industries. The project is set to create around 150 new jobs.

Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Seán Woodward, said: “It’s hugely satisfying to reach this point with construction of the Centre complete and new businesses starting to move in. It is particularly impressive that this building has been delivered so quickly; only 12 months ago we didn’t even own the land on which it was built! The companies based here will benefit from top of the range support and facilities. In addition, the building also boasts strong green credentials, achieving a very good environmental score and having a roof covered in solar panels.”

The Innovation Centre will be managed on behalf of Fareham Borough Council by Oxford Innovation. Oxford Innovation has extensive experience in operating state-of-the-art Innovation Centre facilities. Currently managing a network of 21 centres across the UK, used by over 900 companies, Oxford Innovation aim to provide businesses with a structured and supportive environment where companies can readily access first class business support as well as flexible workspace.

10 Mar

Daedalus Official Runway Opening

A commemorative flight to mark the main runway at the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus being resurfaced by Fareham Borough Council at a cost of £1.5m took place today.

The work will extend the lifespan of the airfield and is an important step towards getting a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Aerodrome licence, which will help attract more private aviation investment and use.

The project, funded by Fareham Borough Council and completed by contractors Raymond Brown, included resurfacing and relining of the main runway, repairs to taxiways and the installation of ducting to enable the future provision of runway lighting.

Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Conservative Councillor Seán Woodward, who piloted the first flight, said: “The upgraded runway is an important step towards gaining the CAA licence that will allow a greater variety of planes to use the airfield and boost the already healthy aviation community on the Solent Enterprise Zone. When we take ownership of the site we will be responsible for investment over the life of the Enterprise Zone totalling some £50,000,000 which will boost the local economy. This is in addition to the investment being made by Hampshire County Council and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership in new roads to improve access to the Zone.”

Andy Walters from Regional & City Airports (RCA) said “RCA are proud to be so integral to the building of the legacy of Daedalus. With efforts focused on opening up the Airfield to more aircraft and business opportunities, CAA licensing will crown a very important investment into jobs, wealth and prosperity opportunities for the local community and providing an attractive and prime General Aviation hub in the South Coast.”

Jon Butts, Lee Flying Association “LFA applauds the renewal of the main runway, which secures the future of flying operations at Daedalus Aerodrome and EZ, enables aviation sector investment in new hangars, employment and recreational flying opportunities – and preserves for the long term the locally highly valued open aerodrome space as we enter a second century of aviation at Daedalus.”

Esther Croft, HCA area manager, said: “The progress made on the new runway is further evidence that the Solent Enterprise Zone is open for business. It demonstrates the confidence partners and investors have in the project’s long-term future and would not have happened without their support over the last two years. It’s great news for the area and will act as a catalyst for further growth at the enterprise zone.”

The improvements to the runway are part of an £8.3m package of investment by Fareham Borough Council at the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, with the aim of transforming it into a business destination with 3,500 jobs in aviation, aerospace and marine engineering.