THIS WEEK IN 1987: Facelifts planned for city homes

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Thousands of Portsmouth’s turn-of-the-century homes and dozens of its older streets were placed in line for major facelifts, costing more than £1.1million.

Provided councillors backed major schemes for better living conditions for thousands of ratepayers, the creation of eight new General Improvement Areas would signal the start of the two-year programme.

Housing Committee members who were scheduled to meet would be asked to take the first step in extending Portsmouth’s GIA programme.

The eight areas in line for new-look surroundings and basic amenities like indoor toilets, involve four in Southsea, two in Copnor, one in Buckland and one in Stamshaw.

An area in line for GIA status has to contain a majority of pre-1919 housing with rateable values below £225 and a significant number lacking basic amenities.

More than 2,100 eligible homes lay in the eight proposed new areas, which would be known by the name of each key street.

These included: Londesborough Road; Brompton Road and Middlesex Road, all in Southsea.