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Is it Horsea or nowhere for Pompey now?

Peter Storrie has said that the proposed move to Horsea Island for our new stadium could be our last option - so it could be that or nothing, although he is confident that this move will happen...

We all love Fratton, but remaining at our long term home will not give us as much leeway to fulfil the true potential that the clubs hierarchy believe we have, as do we.

Permission has been granted to rotate Fratton and increase this to a 28,000 capacity stadium, but as Storrie has told the Pompey Site this just does not compare to the potential of our proposed new home: 'this has to be it because there are no other options - there is nowhere else.

'We have planning permission to turn around the Fratton Park pitch but that will only give us a capacity of 28,000 and won't give us the infrastructure we need.

'We've won the FA Cup with the smallest stadium in the league and with a very expensive squad - the mathematics just don't work.

'We need a new stadium and all the infrastructures that go with it like boxes, lounges and better catering facilities.

'We had 200,000 people come out and support us for the parade after we won the FA Cup and we need those people to do the same now to make sure we get planning permission.

'We want to get the planning application in as quickly as we can. We're working heavily on that and hope to get permission at the end of this year or early next year so we can start building as soon as possible.'

There is also the possibility of seeing world cup football played in Portsmouth as should the 2018 world cup bid be successful the FA have already indicated that they would be interested in seeing football on the south coast, with Pompey strongly backed to be one of the bases.

The proposals for the new stadium are as we know for a 36,000 seater, but it is being build with the potential to increase this further still to a 45,000 seater - something that the FA would require it to be to stage such an event as he also explained: 'we have designed this with the 2018 World Cup in mind. That would mean the capacity would have to increase to 45,000, but we do have the potential to do that.

'It's a much wider issue than just the stadium though. It's about the infrastructure of the whole city.

'The FA have already been down here to talk to Portsmouth City Council and see if they would be interested in bidding to be one of the cities used.

'The indication is that Portsmouth will bid to be one of those cities. I think if they do it would be very successful because the FA want to see representation from all over the country, not just London, Manchester and a few other areas.

'It would be fantastic for the city and the whole area if we could bring World Cup football to Portsmouth.'

So the move of homes is not just important to the Portsmouth Football Club, it is also something that could be vitally important to Portsmouth as a City both in a decades time and in the years in between, so hopefully this time the councils will approve this and give us the help that we need to help this fantastic football club as well as the wonderful city that is Portsmouth, as both will benefit with this happening...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 18 2008

Time: 10:05PM

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Let's just hope it all gets the green light. It amazes me anything gets built in the area!
Don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but I have a friend at Port Solent who told me that they already had an opposition strategy forming 4 months ago. I was taken on one side and told darkly "it won't happen, you know". But I have a positive feeling about this one. Everything I have read so far in the papers has been positive. The fact that we have won the FA Cup will count for a lot in the months of struggle ahead. This is one tool we have not had before. Besides, I can't think of anywhere else to put the stadium, we seem to have exhausted all avenues.
I agree Gandor, We have to strike while the Iron's hot and the memory is fresh. I do have a good feeling for this one, which is more than i've had for the last few!!
PCC (who are slow at the best of times) must have seen the crowds at the Parade, they must have seen the spend power and without shoving it up their noses, they must be now be realising that this can only be a good thing for Portsmouth. Talk of international games can only whet the appetites of all the Hotels, restaurants, clubs, taxis, etc., etc. Every day, famous footballing names are linked with Pompey. To my mind, PFC must now go on a PA exercise and keep the momentum going anyway they can.
Agreed again gandor, our stock has NEVER been higher
Gandor - Spot on - Can stand NIMBY's especially those who for no other reason think they (alone) have a democratic right to opposed something one the grounds that they 'just don't like it'.... My biggest worry here is not PCC as I'm sure they'll have to be in bed with the MOD who offered us the land ... but how long will it be before a budding Bill Oddie realises that the lesser spotted one eared ragworm lives on the site and must be protected.. Fingers (and other bit of the body) crossed on this one
Well Gun Wharf & the Tower got built eventually. What a positive difference that has made to the city. The nightmare of a Tricorn centre & carpark eventually went, thankfully & now the football ground, we hope. Sod the NIMBYS we must all fight for this.
Where were all the nimbys when Port Solent was built? Do thet really prefer leaving next to a land-fill dump? I think the lure of World cup football in the City will sway PCC on this one, having the whole world gazing at the city will be a big factor
Can't see what the Nimby's have to protest about - they already live adjacent to the biggest trash can in Southern England.
Surely the port solent residents would prefer the development of a state of the art area which will contain shops apartments & a stadium that will hold many different events, it would only add to what is a very dull area that is called the boardwalk now getting past its sell by date but if you asked all the yacth berth holders in the port solent Marina i think you would get a positive feedback.
I think there are now so many positives that they cant refuse this one. There is so much potential for the city to grow. Imagine world cup games held in Pompey - That's just amazing!
Sea-juicer is right Port Solent is a bit if a dump now and needs an injection of life. The Stadium is a long way from the residential properties and there will be no vehicular access either so what have the NIMBYs to complain about?
Well Chix, If you go for a walk round Horsea Island, I bet you will see loads of desperate Port Solenters with wild life Encyclopedias, fly nets, shovels and cameras, digging and poking around for England! We can't let this chance slip us by. There really is no where else to go and Fratton Park will never be big enough. (Does anyone know why we didn't develop Fratton Park before all those shops and flats were built. Surely that would have been big enough?)
I agree with Sea-juicer as well. One of the problems with Port Solent is that a lot of it is let out which means it was bought for investment and these people are watching their investments very closely indeed. I would like to see some life injected into the Boardwalk (and I am sure the proprietors of the Boardwalk would as well). Gunwharf was an easy one to pass as the only people around there to complain would have been Council tenants, who wouldn't care anyway.
There are always Nimbys but they can't be allowed to win this one. I really don't see that this is going to affect them at all, and then only every other week for 10 months of the year. I too have a feeling that this time it will happen, but its difficult after 30 years of proposals and disappointment not to have those nagging doubts. After winning the cup, and the parade, the council must see what it means to the city, and the council have gone on record to say that this has their support. It must happen!
Chix One of your problems solved i had a word with a few of my bait digging mates and they can assure me there are NO lesser spotted one eared ragworm in that area
A lot of Pompey players have properties on Port Solent including I believe Peter Crouch from his Pompey days. If they all ganged up it could be worse than the lesser spotted one eared ragworm!!!
Cheers Rob.. No more nightmares about blOOdy ragworm for me ... Mr Bond Nugent lives in Port Solent too ... I think Harry should sent him to the up and coming residents meeting !!
Chix, too difficult for Crouch to keep a low profile.
it would be quite a tall order for crouchy to blend in with the crouds...

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