'This could be Portsmouth's jewel in the crown': Political leaders react as new 128-acre country park is given green lightÂ

Political leaders in Portsmouth have welcomed the news that a new 128-acre country park is going to be built in the city by 2020.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 14th August 2018, 1:02 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 10:05 pm
Plans for how the landfill will be transformed
Plans for how the landfill will be transformed

The expansive refuse site to the west of the M275, will be given a gleaming makeover to create the Horsea Island Country Park.

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It is hoped the new country park will be open to the public in 2020.

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Plans for how the landfill will be transformed

The news has been welcomed by Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt.

She said: '˜This is great for the city's green credentials. Literally turning an old landfill site into what will eventually become a beautiful country park should be something that we can all get behind and enjoy when it opens to the public in 2020. 

'˜It's important that the city continues to see sensitive developments such as Horsea Island Country Park and is a testimony to what can be achieved under difficult circumstances such as turning an artificially made landfill site into open green space.

'˜The new park could be a new jewel in the crown of the city and I welcome this news.'

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt

Councillor Donna Jones, the city's Tory leader and former council boss, said the park would be a major new attraction, boosting tourism and economy in the future.

She added a new bridge might even be created from the M275 which will allow cyclists and pedestrians to stroll to the county park from the city.

Cllr Jones added: '˜This will be yet another feather in the cap of Portsmouth.

'˜This is going to be a real good way to bring people into the city.

'˜When people come into our beautiful city, to have this spectacular country park welcoming them will be fantastic.'