PLANS to develop the waterfront area of Gosport are heading in the right direction.
That is the message from town council leader Mark Hook, who says work on the waterfront section, near the town centre, could be under way this year.
That is a big project which we are hoping to start this year.Cllr Mark Hook
The Gosport Coastal Community Team, which was set up in July last year, will be working with other organisations to draft a five-year economic action plan.
It will outline their aims for the waterfront regeneration, including the bus station and ferry gardens.
Cllr Hook said: ‘We are moving forward and the economic action plan should be published by the end of this month.
‘We have done a lot of local research and a series of workshops will be held which will look at business growth and jobs, social community development and skills, investment and urban regeneration.
‘After doing the workshops and looking at all the research, we can produce the economic plan.
‘I am hoping to have plans for the ferry gardens included as well as the redevelopment of the bus station. That is a big project which we are hoping to start this year.’
As previously reported in The News, the Gosport Coastal Community Team was set up after the council received £10,000 from central government.
It is made up of representatives from the council, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, Hampshire County Council and the Town Centre Business Partnership.
Gosport Marine Scene is also involved and Peter Cardy, from the group, said it wants to promote the town centre to people who use the marinas.
‘The marinas in Gosport get around 120,000 visitors a year,’ he said.
‘What we want to do is make the town centre more attractive to the people who use the marinas.
‘We want them to see it as somewhere they can do their shopping while visiting Gosport.’
The team also wants to build a heritage walk to promote the important people and places in Gosport’s maritime history.
Mr Cardy added: ‘The walk will offer a panoramic view of Gosport’s history all in one place.
‘It is something we really want to achieve.’