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Fratton redevelopment, training facilities...

...is this real?!

By this I do not mean it 'is it real' as in as much as is this all a front to build up hopes! I mean 'is it really happening, real' in as much as are these developments, which we have craved for so long, really getting as close as they seem, well bar a few 'technicalities?' Could we finally see the club that we love so dearly move into the 'here and now', instead of being stuck 'in the past'...

Stadium redevelopment going ahead, the training complex 'given the green light' - can this really be happening with Pompey?

Something that I do know is for Pompey to even maintain a level that we have become accustomed too, let alone get thoughts back into heads of 'moving further forward', we need these areas sorted out - if for nothing else but for another means of generating some other form of revenue...

So, last week we announced that we have gone back several years and decided that redeveloping Fratton was the way forward - before leaving it for a new stadium built for the world cup in 2018 if England get it - turning the stadium and building onto existing areas to increase the capacity. I know countless millions of pounds have been wasted on planning, planning applications and so on, all of which is highly frustrating, not to mention the negative press it has given the club over the years, but could it finally be worth it. We all moan about the 'Pompey hating press', but in fairness so many times we bring this upon ourselves with our announcements and then counter announcements and so on do we not?

'When' the work begins on Fratton in summer 2010 I will 100% believe this is happening - my concerns are though, if money is no longer going to be invested in the current ownership how will we fund this without clocking up more debts/loans? In that case player departures to pay for this 'could' happen, so the cynical might think this will happen but this money would not be used to fulfil these plans...

Skip onto this week, and Monday sees the announcement that the training ground has been given 'the go-ahead', although this was mentioned during the Fans Forum last week I believe? Gosport Borough Council 'unanimously approve the 8m project', with work hoping to be underway in the next 6-8 weeks, which could be finished and ready for use as soon as February 2010 - get in! But, how is this funded? Hmm...

However fresh concerns have been raised about the Cherque Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, project - now there is a surprise, as there is always something. Granted these do not appear to be major concerns, but there are worries over possible 'fuel spillages' and how these would then pollute waterways! Pompey now have to confirm where lawn mowers and other equipment, that will maintain the 35-acre site, will refuel to ensure that everyone is happy with this. Details on how we will 'landscape the area' are also needed. If it is not one thing it is another holding up proposed plans...

As always, on the face of it we seem so close to fulfilling the developments we want to, but at the same time as always seem so far - can things just not be simple for us?

All being well when the curtain comes down on our season, which will hopefully see our premier league status maintained, the builders can move into place and start the next phase of Portsmouth Football Clubs developments, and start cracking on with the training ground.

You know, to be honest until I do see these steps taken it will always be something that I will have slight doubts about, and of course will have doubts over how we can fund these developments if Sacha is not prepared to put in any more money, but 'should' the new owners that he wants us to have come in this summer then you would think these developments will happen without a glitch, in theory...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 24 2009

Time: 3:28PM

Your Comments

I really hope they do go ahead with the redevelopment. The atmosphere at Fratton is terrific already. Lets improve it!
PompeyCharlton
I really hope they do go ahead with the redevelopment. The atmosphere at Fratton is terrific already. Lets improve it!
PompeyCharlton
in theory it will do exactly that - for me, and i speak for myself and no one else will agree - i reckon the training ground is the most important thing to do first... people say fratton puts new signings off, but they are only there once a week - the training ground is what all week. once they see and hear fratton the players love it, if they had facilities to train on that were top draw they would love them more.
lets be honest here, if we cannot fill a 20,000 we wont fill a 35,000 will we - unless we drop prices - so with the training ground looking a more likely development in the immediate future lets get this sorted, then revelop fratton and were laughing...
oh, and welcome PompeyCharlton i do not recall seeing you on here before?
pompeyrug
in theory it will do exactly that - for me, and i speak for myself and no one else will agree - i reckon the training ground is the most important thing to do first... people say fratton puts new signings off, but they are only there once a week - the training ground is what all week. once they see and hear fratton the players love it, if they had facilities to train on that were top draw they would love them more.
lets be honest here, if we cannot fill a 20,000 we wont fill a 35,000 will we - unless we drop prices - so with the training ground looking a more likely development in the immediate future lets get this sorted, then revelop fratton and were laughing...
oh, and welcome PompeyCharlton i do not recall seeing you on here before?
pompeyrug
Hmm . . there has been so much talk, its made me a little bit skeptical about anything. I hope the training ground is going ahead soon. When I hear work has actually started I will be pleased. Seriously though - fuel spillages from the lawnmowers?? Who makes this stuff up? As for the stadium, I don't know what to think about that at the moment, its another case of 'I'll believe it when work starts'. I did have a little thought though - what if - perhaps - PFC are getting fed up with the Council procrastinating on the planning permission, so they are calling their bluff with this 'we'll stay at Fratton Park and redevelop there' cry - surely the council want the football club out of the city centre and away from that residential area? Perhaps this is designed to make them pull their fingers out and approve the Horsea Island scheme.
tracyc
Hmm . . there has been so much talk, its made me a little bit skeptical about anything. I hope the training ground is going ahead soon. When I hear work has actually started I will be pleased. Seriously though - fuel spillages from the lawnmowers?? Who makes this stuff up? As for the stadium, I don't know what to think about that at the moment, its another case of 'I'll believe it when work starts'. I did have a little thought though - what if - perhaps - PFC are getting fed up with the Council procrastinating on the planning permission, so they are calling their bluff with this 'we'll stay at Fratton Park and redevelop there' cry - surely the council want the football club out of the city centre and away from that residential area? Perhaps this is designed to make them pull their fingers out and approve the Horsea Island scheme.
tracyc
I think you have something there Rug. If I were a player, I would much prefer to play at FP than say at Riverside. Absolutely no atmosphere and what a rotten fan base? I'm with Pompey Charlton on this - lets improve FP. Tracey, I think the NIMBYs have probably been at it again. Bet they haven't finished either - they'll discover some pre-historic lesser known earth worm that is peculiar to the training ground only next.
Gandor1
I think you have something there Rug. If I were a player, I would much prefer to play at FP than say at Riverside. Absolutely no atmosphere and what a rotten fan base? I'm with Pompey Charlton on this - lets improve FP. Tracey, I think the NIMBYs have probably been at it again. Bet they haven't finished either - they'll discover some pre-historic lesser known earth worm that is peculiar to the training ground only next.
Gandor1
agreed rug but we've been promised so much on this front so many times so i'm gonna take this with a couple of buckets of salt and just hope that i'm completely wrong lol
pompeym@
agreed rug but we've been promised so much on this front so many times so i'm gonna take this with a couple of buckets of salt and just hope that i'm completely wrong lol
pompeym@
I'm all for the re-development of Fratton because of the extra revenue it could generate with another 10,000 seats added. The training ground is a must. But I'm a little doubtful on where the money is coming from for all this, especially after the blurb on the clubs finances today 25/03/08.
cornypomp
I'm all for the re-development of Fratton because of the extra revenue it could generate with another 10,000 seats added. The training ground is a must. But I'm a little doubtful on where the money is coming from for all this, especially after the blurb on the clubs finances today 25/03/08.
cornypomp
Don't care where the money is coming from.. Let's just 'FULL STEAM AHEAD' on both projects.. Lawn Mowers.. I ask ya !
Chix
Don't care where the money is coming from.. Let's just 'FULL STEAM AHEAD' on both projects.. Lawn Mowers.. I ask ya !
Chix
 

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