‘EXCITING times’ for the north of Chichester saw the unveiling of a new community hall at Roussillon Park.
Clare de Bathe, director of Chichester Community Development Trust, hailed the next step in the regeneration of the north of the city.
“It’s really there to build the new community,” she said.
Developer ZeroC is redeveloping the Roussillon Barracks site to provide 250 homes. Clare said around 80 of these were already occupied and the hall was an important addition.
“It’s a really high-quality community space in the north of the city where there’s very little provision,” she said.
The hall was funded by a grant from the developer.
“It’s always been earmarked for a community provision,” she said. “It was agreed CCDT would take on the lease.”
The unveiling saw more than 100 people turn out.
Around 60 people came along during the day and in the evening a barbecue for residents welcomed around 100 more.
An application has also been made for a second community hall in Graylingwell Park.
The Roussillon hall can be hired for events, but is also hoped to house an internet cafe and drop-in points for people. To book a space, Chichester Community Development Trust