Mud and damage to Castle Field after Heavy Horse Show prompts residents’ criticism of Portsmouth City Council

MUD The Castle Field after the heavy horse show  (121707-756)
MUD The Castle Field after the heavy horse show (121707-756)
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DEMANDS have been made for Portsmouth City Council to fix damage done to Castle Field.

After the bank holiday weekend’s Heavy Horse Show and bad weather, the grass has been left churned up and muddy.

SHOW Crowds at the Heavy Horse weekend at Castle Field

SHOW Crowds at the Heavy Horse weekend at Castle Field

Local people say it is an eyesore and called on the city council and its contractor English Landscapes to take action.

Mike Watmore, of The Retreat, Southsea, said he was worried that the bark chippings put down for the show would prevent the grass from regrowing.

He said: ‘What long-term action has been decided to stop the grass being destroyed and to improve the entrance to Castle Field?

‘The two entrances to the bandstand ramparts have eroded over many years and visitors are met with puddles of water and areas of mud.

‘For visitors to be told they are coming to Portsmouth, the great waterfront city, the emphasis on the word “great” rings a bit hollow when presented with these conditions.’

Sarah Jones, 46, of Clarence Parade, said: ‘It looks like an absolutely frightful eyesore.

‘They need to get their act together and do something about it. I know it’s important to have events but we need to clear up afterwards.’

But chairman of the Southsea Association Vince Faithful said he wasn’t sure the problem could be avoided.

‘We need to have events on the seafront,’ he said. ‘Because they bring visitors and revenue to the city.’

David Moorman, the council’s parks supervisor, said it is planning to level the surface.

‘This will allow the grass at the entrance the best chance to recover,’ he said.

‘The number of events throughout the summer, along with the anticipated drier weather, means we are unable to sow any more grass seed until later in the year.’