Portsmouth City Council cash could be used to help project

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A DECISION will be made over whether to spend £100,000 of council money to help develop an arts and crafts quarter.

Portsmouth City Council’s contribution would enable art studios to be set up inside 13 of the arches in Old Portsmouth.

The project, known as the Artches, has already been allocated £1.75m by the Coastal Communities Fund.

A brasserie would also be set up as part of the plans at Point Battery.

External funding for the scheme through the fund needed to be found given the pressure on the council to save cash.

Partnership for Urban South Hampshire has also pledged to give £40,000 now that the largest proportion of the funding is in place.

As reported, the plans received mixed views from the public, with petitions being set up for and against.

Residents were concerned it would harm the character of the area.

Councillor Linda Symes, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, will decide whether to release the council money at a meeting on Friday.