Whatever happened to plans for a Winter Garden?

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There have been letters in The News recently from readers complaining of the lack of entertainment on the seafront. In 1944, at a council meeting held on March 24 at 3, St Michael’s Road, the same issue was on the agenda.

The chairman of the Special Committee said once the war was over and in addition to new housing, there should be new shopping centres together with ‘physical and mental’ recreation areas for the public.

The committee was told it was a priority that the government should make funds available to attract visitors.

A winter season was suggested and there were calls for a Winter Garden to be built for concerts, and events such as motor rallies, brass band concerts and ‘entertaining shows’ should be held in the future.

More hotels and boarding houses were deemed vital to attract hoteliers to Southsea.

The city architect was asked to draw up plans for the development of Southsea Common and along the seafront from Point to the Hayling ferry.

I wonder what became of this plan?