New bid to transform Southsea seafront

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land around Portsmouth’s seafront could be given a new lease of life.

Portsmouth City Council is asking businesses whether they want to take over five areas near Canoe Lake, Southsea.

It comes after a report by a catering specialist identified there weren’t enough places in the area to get food and drink.

The sites are a disused ladies’ bowls pavilion with a lawn, two bowling greens with a large pavilion, a field with a pavilion, two tennis courts with a large ball court and a pavilion at the back of Southsea Rose Garden.

Any suggestions put forward will be subject to planning permission.

Cllr Lee Hunt, cabinet Member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘Independent businesses are thriving along Portsmouth’s seafront and there’s an appetite for more.

‘With a £1bn city regeneration strategy underway we’re on track to deliver a world-class waterfront for our residents and visitors to enjoy.

‘A recent report by a catering specialist identified that this area was underserved for food and drink outlets.

‘We’re testing the market and urging businesses, individuals and social enterprises, who are interested in this exciting chance to transform an area which attracts over four million visitors year, to get in touch.’

But deputy conservative group leader Luke Stubbs said that while he supported the move, he thought it would be a shame if money couldn’t be used to bring bowling greens back into use.

Labour group leader John Ferrett said: ‘Rather than leaving the land abandoned to would be better to regenerate it.

‘If we could bring people in to reinstate places as bowling greens that would be great.’

To show an interest visit

You then need to click the table with the header Canoe Lake – Market Engagement for Seafront Business before clicking on the express interest tab. If you need help accessing this information, email or call 023 9283 4180.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, August 23.