Agreement reached on parking at Ben Ainslie’s Portsmouth race base

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RESIDENTS have had to compromise on parking with Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team.

People who live at The Point in Old Portsmouth will be able to use the racing team’s car park overnight and at weekends, but will have to move their cars by 7am on weekdays.

The finishing touches are put to the new Ben Ainslie Racing base on The Camber, Old Portsmouth ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151087-4284)

The finishing touches are put to the new Ben Ainslie Racing base on The Camber, Old Portsmouth ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151087-4284)

Objections to the scheme were considered at a Portsmouth City Council meeting, led by the council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation, Councillor Ken Ellcome.

Cllr Ellcome said Ben Ainslie Racing had agreed to let the public use its car park between 6pm and 7am during the week.

But residents wanted the period to extended to 8am, so they would not have to move their cars early in the morning.

Cllr Ellcome said: ‘I can’t force BAR to allow their car park to be used later than what they were originally saying.

The good news is that he’s going to allow KA residents’ parking, that is a very big step as far as we’re concerned.

Tony Davenport

‘I can’t agree to bring it back to an 8am start because that’s what I’m told BAR are not currently willing to accept.’

But Cllr Ellcome said the car park would be restricted to KA zone permit holders and motorists with visitors’ scratchcard permits in evenings at weekends.

He said he hoped the residents’ parking time might be able to be extended to 8am in the future.

Cllr Ellcome said: ‘We can commit to an ongoing discussion with BAR. If they find they do not need it at 7am then they may be willing to bring it back to 8am.’

Tony Davenport, who is chairman of residents’ group the Spice Island Association Committee, spoke on behalf of residents who wanted longer parking hours.

Mr Davenport said he was more or less pleased with the decision even though the time limit was not changed to 8am.

‘Although it’s only an hour difference people don’t want to get up at 7am to move their cars,’ he said.

‘The good news is that he’s going to allow KA residents’ parking, that is a very big step as far as we’re concerned. All in all we didn’t get 100 per cent but we got 75 per cent.’

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