A MULTIMILLION-POUND indoor snow centre could be built on part of a rubbish dump to transform the gateway to Portsmouth.
The city council is in talks about the possibility of turning the site on Horsea Island into an indoor family resort with activities including skiing, snowboarding, sledging, tubing – going down a slope on an inflatable – and ice-skating.
Leader of the city council Donna Jones has met Gunwharf Quays operator Land Securities about the idea as the firm runs indoor snow centres across the UK – with the nearest being in Milton Keynes.
It is part of the council’s desire to find a ski operator to put up the cash that is necessary to bring the proposal to life.
Councillor Luke Stubbs, Tory cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, said: ‘This is potentially really big for the area.
‘Portsmouth is very short of available land and we have to be imaginative in order to get the best out of what we’ve got.
‘The leisure sector is growing and this is a great opportunity to bring in more people from out of the area.
‘The job creation potential is quite significant and it could bring millions of pounds into the local economy.’
The council also is exploring whether to turn the land, near the landfill site, into a dry ski slope.
Either proposal would pump millions of pounds into the city’s economy and inject new life into Port Solent.
And up to 100 jobs could be created through skiing and the potential for more restaurants and shops to move in to the north of the city.
Part of the landfill site is set to become a country park providing 135 acres of open space.
It was selected as part of the Queen’s Jubilee Woods Project which will see 60 Diamond Woods formed across the UK.
The park will have 50,000 trees and shrubs, grass areas, wildflower meadows, footpaths, cycle routes, picnic areas and a car park.
Cllr Linda Symes, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘This would be a huge boost to Port Solent, and give the people of Portsmouth yet another offer.
‘We have to try and keep bringing in more people to the city.’
Portsmouth North MP praises ‘ambitious plans’ put forward for indoor snow centre
CITY MP Penny Mordaunt has praised the ‘ambitious’ plans to transform land in Portsmouth into an indoor snow centre.
It follows news that the multimillion-pound indoor snow centre could be built on part of a rubbish dump to transform the gateway to Portsmouth.
But she said it was important the public is consulted over the plans to ensure it is what they want.
‘I really welcome the fact people are raising their ambitions for the city and ideas are coming forward,’ she said.
‘It’s important the public are consulted.
‘There are plans in the forthcoming year to plant thousands of trees and look at the whole plan for site, which is very exciting, and if we can develop some of it into local facilities and provide other activities, then that’s great.’