THE long-awaited clean-up and regeneration of Tipner is ready to begin after a £3m contract was signed.
Work on the £130m project is finally scheduled to start in June – paving the way for new homes, jobs and green spaces in the north west of the city – after a 30-year wait.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has now agreed to decontaminate land owned by it and Portsmouth City Council in the first phase of the scheme.
Contractors are preparing to clear and prepare the PD Fuels site off Twyford Avenue for development, which will pave the way for 80 new and affordable homes and a new shopping area on the site.
It forms part of wider plans to build up to 1,600 new homes, business space to support 1,500 new jobs, a new park-and-ride facility, a hotel and an improved motorway junction.
Strategic director for regeneration at the council Kathy Wadsworth said: ‘The dream of transforming Tipner is now becoming a reality, with work about to start on the ground.
‘This work is part of the overall plan to regenerate Tipner, starting on the eastern side of the motorway, which is vital for the future prosperity of the city.
‘The council’s plans include a new motorway junction and park and ride, which will open up the area for development.
‘We’re working with the HCA and the other major landowner, the Tipner Regeneration Company, to make sure the necessary clean-up and clearance work is done with the minimum of disruption to residents.’
She added that measures were being taken to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.
Area head of the Homes and Communities Agency Kevin Bourner said: ‘This work signals a significant step towards creating a better Tipner that will benefit the whole of Portsmouth by providing new homes, employment opportunities and economic growth.
‘Our contractors are busy getting ready to start work and will be working closely with us and the local community to ensure that the project progresses smoothly and local people begin to see the benefits.’
The work will be carried out by specialist construction company The Tamdown Group, which will be responsible for limiting the impact on local people.
Representatives from the HCA and Tamdown Group will answer residents’ questions at a neighbourhood forum tomorrow at 7pm, at Stamshaw and Tipner Community Centre, in Wilson Road, as well as at Stamshaw Junior School on Monday May 21, from 3.30pm to 8pm.