Labour’s vision for the Bitterne Hub
Investment for the community and the district centre
Southampton City Council’s Labour Administration is taking a lead in planning the regeneration of Bitterne District Centre through investment in our public services in the Bitterne Hub. These ambitious plans are known also as the ‘Bitterne Public Services Hub’ and the ‘Bitterne Community Hub’.
What is the Bitterne Hub?
It brings together health, fitness, library and community support services, which are currently provided from facilities separated from the District Centre by a dual carriageway, into a new, integrated facility at the heart of the District Centre.
The Hub development also creates the opportunity for new homes including extra care facilities through the release of some of the land currently occupied by these facilities.
Councillor Chris Hammond says: ‘This allows existing public services to work together in a more integrated way and enables much easier referrals between services. The facility will generate benefits for the health, fitness, literacy and employment of the local population. We also want to support the economic regeneration and sustainability of Bitterne District Centre.’
What does this mean for the local community in Bitterne?
- New and improved sports and leisure facilities including a new swimming pool to serve the east of Southampton;
- The latest in library facilities that are easy to access;
- Health services better shaped to reflect the local need and to tackle the issues faced by those living in the area;
- Many extra visitors to Bitterne District Centre who will support local businesses, employment and economic regeneration.
Sites freed up by the creation of the Hub could be redeveloped into:
- A variety of new homes including council home
- A brand new housing with care facility – similar to Potters and Erskine Court. So far none exist in the east of Southampton.
Councillor Eamonn Keogh, Labour Councillor for Peartree ward, says ‘this is a chance for real regeneration of the Bitterne District Centre through investment in local public services and could be a game-changer on so many levels. I’m really excited about what this project could deliver for the east of the city.’