Portsmouth is strongest when we're together and we’re united

Portsmouth is strongest when we're together and we’re united

For centuries, as a port city, Portsmouth has welcomed people coming to our shores for trade. Today our internationalism and outward looking approach to commerce strengthens our local economy, by creating jobs and prosperity for all, positions us as a strong and vibrant city, and as a gateway for our nation.
Last week our country had the opportunity to influence Britain’s future direction and its place in the world. Many felt it was a difficult, tense campaign, with differing views across the country and the highest level of electoral participation in over twenty years.
Yet we have more in common, than what divides us.
In every part of our city, Pompey people with different backgrounds, nationalities and religions live cheek by jowl, and in harmony.
We don’t just tolerate our differences, we welcome them. And whilst that hasn’t changed in the past few days, if people have concerns about relations between communities, they should let the police know.
We don’t stand by for division. Pompey people do what is right – defending our city’s fantastic mix of diversity and tolerance and standing together against racism and xenophobia which risks hurting and dividing people living side-by-side.
By us all continuing to pull together we rally behind our great city, for the best interests of our community’s future.

Happy birthday John Pounds Centre!

Happy birthday John Pounds Centre!


This year the fantastic John Pounds Centre (JPC) off Queen Street in Portsea celebrates its 10th birthday. 
The flagship community facility led by the John Pounds Trust provides activities and services for all, serving Portsea and the wider city through a variety of opportunities.
Onsite facilities include a 350 capacity multi-use sports hall, fitness suite, IT training suite, library, community cafe,  youth and art spaces, nursery, dentist and a small business hub.
The centre has received critical acclaim for its design, community spirit, enterprise and unique opportunities.
It was a pleasure to attend a celebration to start the commemoration of the trust and centre’s achievements in the past year.
In the last year the centre has:

  • Supported 10,000 new users and user groups registered
  • Worked with 500 volunteers
  • Ensured 30,000lbs of fresh food is re-cycled through our food programme
  • Provided 9,000 meals enjoyed by the community at our twice weekly cooking programme
  • Enabled 100s of people to be trained as cooks as part of a community programme
  • Supported over 200 apprenticeships

And in the last four years it has:

  • Organised over 1200 referrals from city agencies onto a Healthy Living programme
  • Helped a 100 residents to quit smoking
  • Made many happier through emotional support
  • More recently have helped several patients deal with diabetes
  • Helped many cancer patients with rehabilitation
  • Raised over £800k to support community based programmes

Cllr Stephen Morgan said:
“I’m a huge fan of the work of the trust and the excellent facilities provided at the John Pounds Centre for residents. 
The vision the city and local people had over ten years ago to bring different agencies together to improve life chances fir all in Portsea was forward thinking at the time and just as relevant to the challenges our communities face today. 
The trust should be proud of their fantastic achievements over the past ten years. These are excellent achievements. I very much look forward to working with them and local people over the years ahead”.
For more information about the trust’s work visit www.johnpoundscentre.co.uk

Plans for further development at Isambard Brunel Road

Plans for further development at Isambard Brunel Road

 
Unite Group Plc has recently submitted a full planning application to the city council for the redevelopment of the former Navigators Resource Centre and Chaucer House sites for new student accommodation in the city centre.
The plans propose a “high quality mixed use scheme providing accommodation for 484 students and 704sqm of commercial floor space”.
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A planning application seeks permission for student accommodation with commercial floor space at ground floor level, with the proposals including:

  • a large common room serving Chaucer House and Margaret Rule Hall
  • one part 8 and part 10 storey building to the east of Margaret Rule Hall
  • one part 9, part 10 and part 13 story building to the west of Margaret Rule Hall
  • new cycle facilities with parking for 191 bicycles
  • new landscaping as part of the Isambard Brunel Road public realm improvements.

If you would like any further information about the submitted plans or have any questions you can call 08002987040 or email feedback@consultation-online.co.uk
 
 

Local people pay tribute to Jo Cox MP 

Local people pay tribute to Jo Cox MP 

A fitting tribute and celebration of Jo Cox MP life was held tonight (Wednesday 22 June 2016) in Guildhall Square, on what would have been Jo’s 42nd birthday. 
Local people gathered in Victoria Park for a short ceremony then headed through to Guildhall Square to share a picnic.
Joining the event I was reminded of Jo’s maiden speech:
“We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”
As we remember her passion to create a better world, in her honour, we should all recommit ourselves to that task.

Call to open up city centre's war memorial 

Call to open up city centre's war memorial 

 
A call has been made to improve the visibility and accessibility of the city’s memorial in Guildhall Square. 
The cenotaph – in the heart of Portsmouth -commemorates service personnel and civilians from Portsmouth who have died in past conflicts.
Cllr Stephen Morgan has written to the council requesting action.
In the letter he writes:
“Portsmouth’s strong links with the armed forces community is one of the city’s many strengths.
As residents of this great city, we can be rightly proud of our tradition and history associated with our naval heritage and contribution the city has, and continues to make, to the defence of our nation”. 
With regeneration and developments happening across our city centre, it is hoped the council will take action.
Stephen added:
“As a result of these development opportunities I hope the council can find a way to make this important cenotaph in the heart of our city more accessible and visible in tribute to those fallen”.
Do you have a view on how this can happen? Get in touch with Stephen.

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