Petition to save 1930s Portsmouth building from bulldozers

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A PETITION organised by campaigners to save the former Wymering Arms from demolition has been hailed a success.

More than 500 people signed the petition, which will be sent to English Heritage in a bid to save the 1930s building from bulldozers.

English Heritage expressed an interest in awarding the building listed status after campaigners submitted an application. The petition supports this.

English Heritage is still considering the application.

The majority of signatures were collected outside the building last Saturday and public interest leaned towards turning the former pub into a shop. Councillors Jim Fleming and Graham Heaney attended the event and helped campaigners Ian Hayter and Richard Palmer answer residents’ questions about the future of the site.

Mr Palmer, of The Wymering Arms Campaigners, said: ‘We were really pleased with the amount of support we got and it helped us spread our message to more people.’