Portsmouth South MP calls for pubs to be developed

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PORTSMOUTH South MP Mike Hancock has called for the redevelopment of two boarded up pubs in Portsmouth.

Time was called at The White House, in Eastney Road, last September after it was put on the market due to a decline in trade.

But The Southern Co-operative, which bought the site from Enterprise Inns, says there are no immediate plans to redevelop the pub, which dates back to 1860, and its car park.

Just before Christmas The Avenue Hotel, in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw, was boarded up.

It comes after the Victorian pub was previously up for sale for £425,000 earlier in the year.

It remains uncertain why it closed.

Mr Hancock said: ‘Something needs to be done about the redevelopment of these pubs. They should not be left to decay. People live around them and it’s not nice for them to see.

‘The White House is a prime site for development. If it was in the hands of a housing association perhaps something could be done quicker.

‘I used to drink in The White House years ago. It was a great pub and a real local.’