ARTISTS’ impressions of how Portsmouth’s city centre and Southsea seafront could look in years to come have been unveiled.
The graphic designs are included in an eight-page ‘Seafront masterplan’ brochure which is being sent to people’s homes during a public consultation on the blueprints, which began on Monday.
Residents in Portsmouth have until September 14 to tell the city council what they think.
Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said it was vitally important that people have their say.
He said: ‘It’s really important that people get in touch – it’s their city.
‘Though these things may not get built because it depends on whether planners have the money, people need to say whether they are okay and can cope with them.’
Cllr Vernon-Jackson added that the brochure had been worked on for some time and cost £7,000 to make.
As previously reported in The News, among the city centre plans are the rejuvenation of the Northern Quarter shopping scheme, more late-night bars and restaurants, a new traffic system, and more pedestrian areas.
There could also be an overhaul of the city centre’s traffic system.
In Southsea, there are plans to transform Clarence Pier by building a hotel and enlarged hover pad, while there are opportunities to introduce an outdoor music area near Southsea Castle, a sports facility near Avenue de Caen, and more public art work to improve the look of the area.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘On the whole I think the designs are very good. There will definitely be ways to improve them because nothing is perfect.
‘But I am excited about the plans and what is in store for the city in the next 15 years.’
A more detailed 88-page brochure on the plans is available to buy for £20 from the civic offices.
Copies of the plans will be available online and in libraries, community centres, and council offices.
Information will be made available at community events as well as on the council’s website at portsmouth.gov.uk/living/25964.html
People can send their comments to the council by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or writing to Planning Services, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AU.