Pompey plan Fratton Park improvements

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COMPLAINTS made by Pompey fans have led the club to make improvements at Fratton Park.

Food kiosks and public toilets will be given a facelift because supporters have complained about the state they’re in.

SPEAKING OUT Pompey's chief executive Mark Catlin at Fratton Park. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131241-1)

SPEAKING OUT Pompey's chief executive Mark Catlin at Fratton Park. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131241-1)

A thorough safety assessment of the stadium is also being carried out to determine what other work needs doing.

But chief executive Mark Catlin says fans shouldn’t be alarmed because the work won’t break the budget.

And though the club isn’t going to moving on from Fratton Park anytime soon, there are plans to expand.

Mr Catlin revealed the changes during a chat with The News at Fratton Park about his vision for the club.

He said: ‘The plan for the next three to five years is to stay at Fratton Park.

‘There is a lot of work that needs doing.

‘If you go into any of our corporate rooms there are people having meetings in there. It puts pressure on our room space.

‘There are areas of Fratton Park that we will have to look at.

‘The key is safety. We have to make sure we meet all the safety requirements here.’

Some of the work will include repainting, fitting new electrics and resurfacing floors.

‘It’s what we call essential maintenance work,’ Mr Catlin said.

‘No-one wants to go into corporate lounges and there is no yellow paint on the stairs.

‘With the food kiosks, it’s just the general state of them. They need money spent on them.’

Discussions are also ongoing with the club’s board, property developer Stuart Robinson and Portsmouth City Council about the redevelopment of the car park behind the stadium’s Fratton End, which Mr Robinson owns.

Mr Catlin said: ‘We have been talking and working quite closely with Stuart Robinson.

‘Stuart wants to help the club. There are quite strict conditions with what he can do.’

Mr Catlin said a key priority in the next few years was to keep things stable.

‘The thing for us is to get a level of stability with the club.

‘It’s been quite a few years of difficulty on and off the pitch.

‘We need to lay the foundations for the future. The pride and spirit is back again.

‘We want to make it a club everyone is proud to be associated with. ‘

‘Ten years is such a long time in any business – the most you can work to is three to five years.’