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Next steps laid out for Southlands site

The next steps for the future of the Southlands Centre site will be considered by Middlesbrough Council next week.

A decision to close the existing centre to make way for a new, fit-for-purpose community facility for the area was taken earlier this year.

The latest detailed plans and costings will be considered by the Council’s Executive Sub Committee for Property on Wednesday, December 19 following extensive community engagement and consultation.

The new community hub will cost around £1.2 million, delivering modern, cost-effective access to education, health and recreational activities.

Proposals include refurbishment of the existing artificial grass pitch and development of the remainder of the site as potential football and other sports pitches.

Other sporting uses could include a table tennis facility, with early discussions ongoing with Ormesby Table Tennis Club, although any relocation will be subject to obtaining external funding.

Work on demolition of the existing building is expected to start in the new year.

Councillor Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Culture and Communities, said: “The local community clearly told us that what they needed were fit-for-purpose community and sports facilities on the existing site.

“A considerable amount of work has gone into drawing up a plan that reflects those wishes and will deliver a long-term solution to benefit the whole area.”

A report on the future of the Southlands Centre site will be considered at a meeting of Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Sub Committee for Property on Wednesday, December 19.

Consultation on the proposed community facility runs until January 14, with a further report due to go to the Executive Sub Committee in February.