The Council is allocating £30 million into Bitterne Hub to improve leisure and public services.

Southampton City Council is reviewing leisure provision and public services across the city. The findings from this review and the results from the engagement will then be used to help inform options to consider public service improvements and council projects, such as Bitterne Hub. 

The City Council is aiming to gather views from local residents on a range of topics including the current library and leisure provision, car parking, public transport, their use of the district centre, access to services and the quality of the surrounding environment and neighbourhoods.

Improvements for Bitterne would be to improve residents’ access to public services by exploring the option of combining health, leisure, library and other community support facilities in one location in the heart of the District Centre.

Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of the Council, said: “Over the last year we’ve seen lifestyles change dramatically, and our high streets and district centres face an uncertain future.

Rather than just hoping for the best, we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting stuck in to restart our economy.

Bitterne Precinct is a much-loved centre and serves as a focal point in the east of the city.

We will be conducting a big conversation with our residents on the future vision of the precinct and to find out what their priorities are.”

The conversations will begin with engagements starting in May on Southampton City Council’s proposed Bitterne Wellbeing Hub.

The Hub would not only bring together upgraded public services with our library and leisure provision in one place but act as an anchor on the high street, bringing increased footfall to this part of the city and give a much-needed boost to local business.

It will embody the future provision of public services – that are integrated, modern and effective.

This proposed investment would create jobs and shows our commitment to ensuring any recovery touches all parts of the city.

We’re passionate about building back locally and creating a city that is greener, fairer and healthier for all our residents and I look forward to engaging residents in shaping a plan.”

Southampton City Council is planning to launch a Park and Travel Hub at Lances Hill Car Park later this year.

This will provide access to a range of onwards travel options, allowing people travelling from the eastern side of the city to park their vehicles before continuing their journey into the city centre by more sustainable means.

Article written for Solent Journalism