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COUNCILLORS will decide this week whether to give a key part of Portsmouth’s £28m park and ride scheme the go-ahead.

Portsmouth City Council hopes to build a single-storey passenger waiting building on land that is being developed off the M275 southbound Tipner sliproad.

The authority’s planning committee will meet at 2pm on Wednesday to decide whether to give the proposals planning permission.

Council officers recommend it should be given permission but have attached conditions.

They say CCTV should be installed before the park and ride is opened, and advise that the building should only be used as support for the park and ride site.

The premises will be open to the public between 7am and 11pm. The project, which is due to be completed by spring next year, will include turning bays for buses and a car park with more than 660 parking spaces. The council’s cabinet was due to meet at midday today to decide which bus operator is awarded the contract to run the bus service.