The School Rd-Portland Rd area needs to be improved to enhance its positive community role. Join the Stoneham Neighbourhood Planning Group and help to shape the future development of Stoneham. Investment will be needed from a variety of sources, in particular from developer contributions – the cash that developers have to pay to the Council for infrastructure to support the development which they are proposing.
West Hove Primary School and the new Health Centre are major community facilities in an area which is undergoing significant change. A combination of small scale redevelopments on Kingsthorpe Road and the proposed major redevelopment of the Westows site in School Road will soon transform the area: 100+ dwellings, 40% affordable, 500m2 of business space.
There is clearly a need for traffic management on Portland Rd; and scope for improving the busy and important group of shops, offices and community facilities.
The Friends of Stoneham Park have lots of ideas about further improvements of this vital community resource. The Café has developed as a thriving community centre but needs support to improve its operation, including a buggy park.
The Stoneham area has recently lost a wide range of community facilities – including the YMCA on Marmion Road and Westows as a result of redevelopment for new housing which increases the local population. It is important to highlight this deteriorating situation, identify possible replacement provision and establish priorities for the local investment of developer contributions.
Westows have told us that in 2017, they received 50,000 visits by children
This also includes 558 who got a discount using the Compass card or carers card saving almost £1,000 on entry.
We have a positive relationship with the West Hove Forum and local residents formed the Stoneham Neighbourhood Planning Group and, to ensure the needs and priorities of the residents and businesses west of Sackville Road are taken fully into account in the development of the Hove Station Neighbourhood Plan. They surveyed residents about what they think is special about the Stoneham area, what they don’t like and would like changed or improved. The group also supported the Councillors in their negotiations with the developers on the planning application submitted for the redevelopment of the Westows site.
Would you like to join this group? Do you have any suggestions for the Community Hub Improvement Group? Please email or comment below.