Responding to plans for city centre improvements in Portsmouth, local councillor and city MP Stephen Morgan said:
“I welcome any proposal to transform our city centre so that we can attract the much needed investment to put the heart back into it.
We need an imaginative scheme that provides a range of much needed homes for local people, and a vibrant and competitive retail offer that brings in private investment. We also need good quality office accommodation to help businesses of all sizes thrive and grow again in the heart of our city.
This project gives us an opportunity to reinvigorate our local economy and create well paid jobs for local people. I’m keen to ensure that it also puts the best principles of sustainability into practice so that we reduce the environmental impact of congestion and pollution on local communities.
Sadly though our great city isn’t getting its fair share from central government. The Tories must now prioritise Portsmouth and give the city the investment it so desperately needs so that we can work with business to create sustainable prosperity for future generations.
These proposals have been a long time coming and I’m happy to work with others to make them a reality.
Now is the time to crack on and make our city centre a destination again. The council must now get on with that job”.