Southsea maintains its character

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SOUTHSEA has been singled out by English Heritage for its work in maintaining conservation areas.

The organisation said the area had been making dramatic improvements to its historic neighbourhood, ‘providing other areas with a benchmark of success’.

Its report – Valuing Places: Good Practice in Conservation Areas – highlights Portsmouth City Council for preserving the character of the area.

English Heritage said the council had been especially effective in helping to retain the character and appearance of mid-to-late nineteenth century housing in Southsea’s conservation areas.

In particular it praised terraces in Campbell Road, Sussex Road, Stanley Street and King Street which have seen original features such as windows, doors, roof coverings and chimneys retained or repaired sympathetically.