Hedge End Groundsmen get £675K storeroom

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The new Groundsmans store. Photo: HETC

Hedge End Town Council have taken possession of their new Groundsmen’s store.

The brand new, purpose built, £675,000 (+VAT) building is situated in Woodhouse Lane Hedge End, near existing recreational facilities.

Although a short drive from existing recreational facilities at Norman Rodaway, Greta Park and St Johns Road, the new Groundsmen’s store is ideally placed for the sports fields that have been proposed in the Borough Council’s new Local Plan, as an integral part of the controversial Woodhouse Lane development.

Constructed by George H Austin (Builders) Ltd, the building is is still in the “final fix” stage, but the Town Council have today announced, on their Facebook page, that they have taken possession of the building.

Preparations are now underway for the Groundsmen to move from their existing rented property in St Johns Road, which is situated behind the Commercial Components warehouse, in a shed that was formerly used to construct coffins…

At various Committee and Full Council meetings throught the year, it has been apparent that some very careful management of the cashflow at Hedge End Town Council has minimised the requirement for the Town Council to borrow money to fund this purchase.

At the last Full Council meeting, Councillors enquired whether there would be a formal opening ceremony. It was suggested that the “balloons & ribbon-cutting” would be deferred until the New Year, once Christmas was out of the way, the “final fix” stage was complete, the builders were off-site and the move was complete.

Meanwhile, the Town Councillors have still to agree on a name for the new building, a hot topic in some corners of the Town Council.

For the moment the new facility is known simply as the “Hedge End Groundsmen’s Store”, but it is anticipated that a slightly more imaginative name will be agreed in the near future…

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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