Minister urged to help unlock land at Tipner

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MINISTER for Portsmouth Michael Fallon has been urged to help unlock land at Tipner to make way for developments and job creation.

A recently-signed city deal released redundant Ministry of Defence land there for the city council to use for development.

Now Mr Fallon has been urged to get the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to hand over the land as quickly as possible so work can begin.

The leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: ‘The navy has said this can go, and it’s just getting the civil servants to make it happen.

‘This is about turning warm words into reality to create jobs.’

Mr Fallon was shown round the Tipner area as part of a visit to the area on Wednesday.

Mr Fallon added: ‘We have had the city deal now and it’s making sure that goes through and that depends on the release of Ministry of Defence land and land outside the base which can be freed up for other use.

‘That is part of the city deal now and that’s a big part of my job.’

Speaking about the visit, Cllr Donna Jones, the leader of the Conservatives in Portsmouth, said: ‘Michael Fallon is a breath of fresh air.

‘He has waded through the mud at Tipner with us to see for himself what needs doing and has asked how we need him to help us.

‘He has put his money where his mouth is and is not hanging around.’