Support shown for Fareham MP’s call to save historic forts

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COUNCIL leaders have given their support to a call from the Fareham MP to save our historic forts.

As reported, Fareham MP Suella Fernandes put out a call for action after historic forts such as Fort Fareham, off Newgate Lane, Fareham, and Fort Elson, in Military Road, Gosport, were placed on an ‘at risk’ register by Historic England.

The national heritage organisation raised concerns that unless work is done, the forts, which are part of the Palmerston Forts designed to protect Portsmouth Harbour, would be at ‘immediate risk of rapid deterioration.’

Miss Fernandes wants to see the owners, a private owner and the MoD, undertake work to conserve the sites, and her calls were backed by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Gosport’s council leader Mark Hook.

Cllr Hook said: ‘It is really important to have these heritage sites in Gosport.

‘We have to make sure they are restored or maintained to the highest possible standard.

‘We would to see all these sites one day being used or no longer considered at risk.’

Fareham’s council leader Sean Woodward said he had doubts about whether Fort Fareham could be saved, but gave his support to work to protect other defences.