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Pranksters get busy for April Fools’ day

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Fake planning notices have gone up for a yacht club and marina at the end of Hospital Lane in Portchester. The notices are displayed on lamp posts in Castle Road, Portchester on Monday. 

Picture: Sarah Standing (14957-9265) PPP-140331-152200001

) Fake planning notices have gone up for a yacht club and marina at the end of Hospital Lane in Portchester. The notices are displayed on lamp posts in Castle Road, Portchester on Monday. Picture: Sarah Standing (14957-9265) PPP-140331-152200001

 

A PRANKSTER has put up planning application notices across Portchester for April Fools’ day.

The orange A4 notices have appeared along Castle Street and advertise a fake planning application for a 37-berth marina and clubhouse with an entrance opposite Hospital Lane.

They advise people that representations should be made to Portchester Borough Council, which is a nonexistent authority, and they say to visit the website portchester castlemarina.co.uk for more.

On the website, the team behind the plan is listed as Yoda, Dracula and Ken Masters, a baddy from Howard’s Way.

Castle Street resident Paul Faulkner said: ‘It certainly got the neighbours and the local society going.’

Ward councillor Roger Price, who is also on Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee, said: ‘It is a brilliant idea for an April fools’ joke but to put the public’s mind at rest, I could not see anything like this being approved and I have not seen an official application.’

Meanwhile, Wightlink Ferries has been pulling people’s legs by saying they are launching a submarine service, named SubLink, to run between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

It said: ‘The submarine has been commissioned from the navy. It has been in dry dock for the past three months to refurbish it so that it is suitable for all Wightlink passengers, including a café and comfortable seats on board.’

 

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