Fans give positive response to Tesco plans at ground

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POMPEY fans have given their support to plans to build a new Tesco store and revamp parts of Fratton Park.

Supporters were given the chance to air their views on the plans at a public consultation at the ground.

VIEWING Pompey fans Phil Tanner and son Deklan Tanner at the public consultation the proposed Tesco. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131880-2)

VIEWING Pompey fans Phil Tanner and son Deklan Tanner at the public consultation the proposed Tesco. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131880-2)

The proposals will also include a petrol station, a dedicated car park and a new social area for supporters.

Developer Stuart Robinson bought the land around Fratton Park several months before the Pompey Supporters’ Trust took over the club.

The plans have been outlined by Pompey, Stuart Robinson’s development company Point Estates, and Tesco, which says the new store would create 300 jobs.

The proposals would see a significant sum of money invested into the club.

Keir Prince, 30, from Fareham, said: ‘I think the plans are great. It’s good for the city, for the club, the fans, for everyone involved in the local area.

‘The job side of it is brilliant. The financial side of it looks really good. I just hope the club gets what we need to renovate the north stand and hopefully the Fratton end and just go from there.’

Ray Morse-Carter, 62, from Southsea, added: ‘It all looks very good. It’s a good improvement to the area.

‘I think extra shopping is needed in the area judging by the queues you get in Asda at the weekends.

‘I think it’s a win-win situation for everybody.’

Sheila Spurgeon, 72, from Drayton, said: ‘I think it’s going to be a good move for the club to move forward and enhance the future of our wonderful club.

‘I think the only people who might be are upset are the shopkeepers which is understandable.’

Mr Robinson, said: ‘The general feedback has been really positive. We are taking on board all the comments.

‘The club is in a much better position going forward than it has been with previous owners.

‘We are trying to be realistic and deliver things rather than promise and deliver nothing.’

If the proposals get planning permission, work would start around March next year.

The plan is for the new Tesco store to be open to the public by March 2015.

Public consultation continues at the ground tomorrow from 10am until 3pm.