Leader of Portsmouth City Council to meet with North End traders over future of shopping district

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THE leader of Portsmouth City Council is to meet North End traders tonight to discuss their concerns and hopes for the future.

Cllr Donna Jones has called the meeting to hear their thoughts and proposals on what would be good for the struggling shopping district. Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt is also due to attend.

Cllr Jones said: ‘I’ve called this meeting so that I can fully understand North End businesses’ priorities and their vision for the future development of North End district centre.

‘I’ll be listening to people’s concerns and discussing with traders their ideas to help reinvigorate the area.’