There’s an awful smell on Southsea Common!

The clean-up operation starts on Southsea Common on Monday after Victorious''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150831-2632)
The clean-up operation starts on Southsea Common on Monday after Victorious''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150831-2632)
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  • Complaints made over smell coming from toilets and rubbish bins on Southsea Common
  • Lib Dem says protective sheets should have been put down so ground was protected
  • But organisers assure site will return to normal by end of next week
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CONCERNS have been raised about the state Southsea Common has been left in after Victorious Festival.

Passers-by say toilets and rubbish bins still on site have created a bad smell and that the ground is churned up.

And it’s been suggested plastic sheets should have been put down to protect the grass and walkways to stop the place looking an eyesore.

But Victorious co-organiser James Ralls says he’s paid English Landscapes to repair the grass and it should be back to normal by the end of next week.

The last bit of staging and remaining toilets was due to go today, but some fencing will remain for Portsmouth Triathlon on Sunday.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Ralls said: ‘We had a couple of negative comments on Facebook about the state of the place, and I think people thought the council was responsible for the clean-up.

It’s of prime importance to us that the common is looking good again.

Victorious Festival co-organiser James Ralls

‘But we have put a statement up saying we are paying for everything.

‘English Landscapes is working down there now on it, and the rubbish, staging and toilets should be all collected on Friday.

‘By the end of next week, the common should be looking fine.

He added: ‘It’s of prime importance to us that the common is looking good again.’

But Lib Dem councillor Hugh Mason said: ‘I have had a number of complaints about the common.

‘But the important about the complaints is, they are not about Victorious, which people think is a good idea.

‘The complaints have been about how there should have been some form of protection put down where people were walking from the roads on to the common.

‘Given the amount of rain we had, some protection should have been put down.

‘They really did churn up the common in those places.’

Tory culture boss Linda Symes isn’t concerned.

She said: ‘We have no worries about the common.

‘I have spoken to someone who has worked for our parks team and had involvement with the common for the last 25 years.’

And she said the weather unfortunately played a big part in the common’s current appearance.

Cllr Symes said: ‘We had the wettest August on record.’