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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage met a business owner and bosses at Royal Clarence Marina who want to draw people to the site and create new jobs.

Yesterday, she visited the Slaughterhouse building at Weevil Lane, which will play host to one-off events and drive interest in the empty units at the marina.

The MP gave her support to Graeme Card, owner of G’s Wine Bar at the marina, who is spearheading plans to get people interested in the site.

She said: ‘Clarence Marina is such a jewel with fantastic facilities.

‘If we can drive the footfall it will draw more people in. I’ve put them in touch with various different characters to get it done. I’ve lived in the area all my life and built up a network of contacts over my life.

‘It’s about driving employment in the area – drawing people’s attention to the area – people don’t know that it’s there.’

Mr Card is hopeful that with support from Ms Dinenage, the marina, yachting broker Boatshed and landlord Berkeley Homes, he can revitalise the area.

He already has a meat market, wedding fair and boat auction planned at the Slaughterhouse building.

People can be ferried from Portsmouth directly to the marina on a special service on event days.

Mr Card said: ‘They’ve given us six months to put on as many events as we want to raise the profile of Royal Clarence Marina – to make it become a destination. It will bring Gosport up – and what will happen at some stage is people will say “Oh Portsmouth, that little town just over from Gosport” –not the other way round.’