Calls for sports facilities on the site of old Gosport army camp

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THERE have been fresh calls for the developers who bought Browndown to use the site for sports facilities.

The former army training camp, in Gosport, has recently been sold to a private firm after the Ministry of Defence stopped using the site.

Councillors have already voiced their opposition to any potential plans for housing on the old camp.

Now people are asking the developers to look into using the area for a new sports facility.

Ron Davies, the manager of the nearby Kingfisher caravan park, said he has spoken to the new owners and told them his suggestions.

Mr Davies said: ‘The last thing we need here is housing so I’m glad that’s not an option although these things sometimes change.

‘The best thing would be some kind of sports facility.

‘It could be basketball or netball or something.

‘The facilities around here aren’t very good and there isn’t much for people to do.

‘The result is we suffer from vandalism a lot in the summer.

‘Kids set fire to Browndown and that is a problem we see every year.’

The calls have been echoed by ward councillor for the area, Cllr Peter Edgar.

Cllr Edgar said: ‘All councillors in Gosport will be watching to have an amenity on the site. It could add so much.

‘We don’t want any more housing and it’s not suitable.

‘There should definitely be some leisure facilities on the site geared towards outdoor pursuits.

‘There could also be an outdoor education centre or something like that.’

As reported in The News yesterday, the former camp has been sold to a company called Jumbuck Ltd for £754,000 after months of negotiations.

Gosport’s council leader, Councillor Mark Hook has called on the new owners to come forward and speak to the council about what they want to do with the site.

The council leader ruled out any housing going on the land, as it is part of the strategic gap – an area of land running up the shoreline to the Alver Valley.

The site was once used as accommodation for soldiers who were undergoing training there.

Training still takes place, there but the soldiers are now based elsewhere.

The MoD received six bids from interested buyers by the time bidding closed in December 2010.

The News understands a local entrepreneur has been put in charge of plans for the site.

Nobody has yet returned a request for comment.