Hampshire chamber backs plan for Ben Ainslie’s Portsmouth sailing base

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THE Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has written to a city council backing plans for a sailing base to be built in Portsmouth.

Sir Ben Ainslie has outlined the vision for his America’s Cup base in the Camber Docks, and today will find out if plans will be approved by Portsmouth City Council.

If approved it would bring in around 1,000 jobs and £45m to the economy.

In a letter, Kevin Briscoe, chairman of the Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire area committee of the chamber, said: ‘I am writing to express full support from Hampshire Chamber of Commerce to the plans for the Ben Ainslie America’s Cup project and the facility proposed for Portsmouth to encompass this.

‘Portsmouth is powering its way out of the challenges it has faced with the downsizing in the naval dockyard and the job losses at BAE Systems.

‘This project will bring a significant number of jobs, profile and long term benefits to the city and we need to embrace and make the most of this opportunity.

‘It’s another facility that will add to an already impressive range of seafaring-related attractions, enhancing Portsmouth’s reputation.’