Southsea hoteliers and guest house proprietors hoped their protracted campaign for improved seafront amenities and extra sheltered accommodation would pay off as a result of the reorganisation of local government.
They pinned their optimism on pledges given to them by Richard Sotnick, the leader of the new Portsmouth district council, which took over the administrative affairs of the city.
He said: ‘The district council will encourage a change of emphasis in civic priorities towards more leisure activities and there will be some relaxation in planning regulations for hoteliers.
‘Southsea wants more leisure facilities for old and young to enjoy.
‘With the help of the Hotels and Guest House Association, we are hoping to encourage more private capital investment in the resort.’