ONE of the businesses moving to make way for Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup headquarters says it is fully supportive of the bid and has written to residents to ‘reassure’ them about the relocation.
KB Boatpark in the north of The Camber has already started to make preparations to move to the southern part as Portsmouth City Council comes to a decision on whether planning permission should be granted for the sailing team’s hub.
A leaflet has been produced to give residents information about what the business is doing as it prepares to move.
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) has asked for permission to build a base for the team’s America’s Cup challenge.
The team also has permission to construct the building in two parts of Southampton and says it will make a decision which site it picks once the city council makes a decision.
Tim Anderson, one of the directors of KB Boatpark, says his company has put together a leaflet to explain what is being proposed and what the firm is doing.
Other businesses have already started to move from the site, Mr Anderson said.
‘We were approached by the council very quickly about moving to make way for the building. We think it is a fantastic opportunity for the city,’ he said.
‘We needed to move before the planning application was decided on to allow BAR to start work on The Camber as soon as it can to meet the America’s Cup deadline.
‘If we didn’t move until a decision is made, it would take us a few weeks to move and they might not meet the May deadline to complete the building.’
KB Boatpark, a dry stack launch and recovery business which started in 2003, began to prepare its move two weeks ago, and has so far put up a fence around its new site.
It is expected to be complete in the next week.
Mr Anderson said the leaflet has been produced to make its neighbours aware it is the business doing works in The Camber and not BAR.
He said the company does not need planning permission to carry out the works and has the support of the city council for what it is doing.
Some residents had believed the work was in fact being carried out by BAR ahead of the planning decision being made, he added.
‘We have no way of telling if the planning application by BAR will be successful. However, our relocation is unrelated to that,’ the leaflet says.
‘What we do know is that we will move, Johnson’s fish market will move, the current sheds will be demolished and the land will be redeveloped. None of that needs planning permission.’