Portsmouth cafe forced to close in order to make way for Hard Interchange project

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A BUSINESS is being forced to close tomorrow in order to accommodate regeneration plans.

Harbour View cafe at The Hard Interchange has to shut as work begins on replacing the premises with a £7m glass terminal building.

The new interchange will provide better link buses, trains and ferries and be safer for cyclists and vehicles.

But cafe customers are unhappy. One regular said: ‘I have been using the café for around eight years and have become friends with the people who work there and also customers who eat there.

‘There was an elderly couple who were eating there on August 22, they were absolutely gutted, they had been eating there for 11 years.

‘I bet no-one at the council gave a thought to them.’

Portsmouth City Council says the cafe will get an opportunity to apply for space when work is complete.

Anna Turner, Hard Interchange project manager, said: ‘For several years we have been discussing aspirations and possibilities for the regeneration of the Hard with stakeholders, including local businesses. The businesses on the interchange all had break clauses in their leases specifically for the redevelopment of the site and have been communicated with throughout.’