Survey shows big demand for more activities along Southsea seafront

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Southsea seafront
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We need a vibrant seafront full of activities.

That’s the message the public have given Portsmouth City Council.

I’m delighted so many residents, businesses and visitors took the time to give us their views, it shows how many people care about our seafront.

Tory culture, leisure and sport boss Linda Symes

More than 1,000 people completed a survey asking for views on the seafront and how it can be improved – and the council now plans to act on those responses.

An overwhelming 79 per cent said more special events are needed, with 75 per cent say they would be happy to pay a small charge to attend them.

A total of 69 per cent asked for specific barbecue zones with better facilities, with 85 per cent requesting these be complemented with specific areas where barbecues aren’t allowed so that other activities can be enjoyed.

More than half of respondents felt more restaurants or cafes would benefit the area and – 76 per cent said extra temporary or permanent bins should be used for litter.

Tory culture, leisure and sport boss Linda Symes said: ‘I’m delighted so many residents, businesses and visitors took the time to give us their views. It shows how many people care about our seafront.

‘Now we will look at how we can put in place the things people have asked for and make the seafront an even better place to enjoy.’

FULL BREAKDOWN OF THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Respondents were asked to mark specific areas with a scote between 0 and 7. These were the average results:

Overall seafront appearance - 4.28

Appearance of the seafront promenade - 4

Appearance of the beach -4.45

Appearance of the common -4.82

Appearance of Castle Field - 5

Appearance of Canoe Lake - 5.18

Appearance of West Battery (bandstand) -4.96

Cleanliness of toilet facilities - 3.98

Entertainment offering - 4.23

Decorative seafront lighting - 3.97

Number of food outlets - 3.87

Range of food offer - 3.42

How can we make sure there are enough facilities to handle litter?

Have temporary bins during peak visitor times - 43 per cent

More permanent bins - 33 per cent

Other - 15 per cent

It’s not a significant problem at the moment - 9 per cent

Opinions on seafront food and drink outlets

More restaurants - 32 per cent

More cafes - 24 per cent

Other - 18 per cent

Fine as it is - 17 per cent

More concessions serving snacks and drinks - 6 per cent

More takeaway concessions - 3 per cent

Would you like to see more venues serving alcohol?

Yes - 46 per cent

No - 54 per cent

Do you think the seafront would benefit from more special events?

Yes - 79 per cent

No - 21 per cent

Would you attend events if they charged a small fee?

Yes - 75 per cent

No - 25 per cent

BBQ usage on the seafront

Are you aware the council has three advised barbecue zones with taps on offer and specialist bins for disposal?

Yes - 47 per cent

No - 53 per cent

Would you like to see better barbecue zones with more equipment available to use?

Yes - 69 per cent

No - 31 per cent

Would you be willing to pay for use of the barbecue equipment?

Yes - 45 per cent

No - 55 per cent

Would you like areas where barbecues aren’t allowed so other leisure activities can be safely enjoyed?

Yes - 85 per cent

No - 15 per cent

Do you think we should provide dedicated facilities for campervans and caravans to stay overnight instead of using on-street parking?

Yes - 57 per cent

No - 43 per cent