FOUR weeks ago, a lot of red paint was ordered to give the Spinnaker Tower a makeover.
But things haven’t worked out as planned - and 115 litres of the stuff is sitting around unused, waiting for a new home.
So in a bid to ensure the stash is still put to good use, Portsmouth City Council is offering it all for free to community groups who fancy giving something a splash of colour.
The paint is no longer needed after the plan - which came following the decision to sell the naming rights of the tower to airline giant Emirates - was scrapped, and a blue, white and gold design for the landmark was unveiled today.
It came following a huge backlash over the original plans, partly because it reflected the colours of Pompey’s fierce rivals Southampton Football Club.
Councillor Donna Jones, Tory council leader, said Emirates spent £4,600 on red paint as part of its £100,000 budget to rebrand the tower, and wants the order to go to good causes.
We are putting out a call across the whole of Hampshire, asking anyone who is interested in putting the paint to good use to come forward.Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council
Cllr Jones said she is open to all suggestions from organisations across Hampshire, including those in Southampton.
She said: ‘When I met with Emirates on Monday, I asked the company whether it wanted the paint, as it had provided for it.
‘Emirates is paying £100,000 towards the repainting of the tower.
‘It is happy for it to go towards good causes.
‘So we are putting out a call across the whole of Hampshire, asking anyone who is interested in putting the paint to good use to come forward.
‘I have already had a request in from a scout group in Eastleigh who would like to have use of the red paint.
‘It could be used by scout groups, schools, community groups, allotment associations, bowling clubs, anyone who has a need for some red paint.’
To submit a request, email firstname.lastname@example.org