Vital Football

Fratton redevelopment, training facilities...

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...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Join the Vital Pompey Debate



For the very latest Premier League odds

Free £15 bet when you spend £5 on The New Football Pools

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday March 24 2009
Time: 3:28PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
I really hope they do go ahead with the redevelopment. The atmosphere at Fratton is terrific already. Lets improve it!
PompeyCharlton
24/03/2009 16:14:00
0
I really hope they do go ahead with the redevelopment. The atmosphere at Fratton is terrific already. Lets improve it!
PompeyCharlton
24/03/2009 16:14:00
0
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
24/03/2009 16:59:00
0
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
24/03/2009 16:59:00
0
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
24/03/2009 17:20:00
0
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
24/03/2009 17:20:00
0
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
24/03/2009 22:38:00
0
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
24/03/2009 22:38:00
0
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@
25/03/2009 01:03:00
0
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@
25/03/2009 01:03:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Third time lucky? Nope as O'Shea interest ends

O'Shea saw a couple of bids for him put in; these were turned down by Chesterfield. A third bid hasn't come from Pompey and it isn't going to either.

Topping last seasons tally the aim

78pts was only enough for a play-off place last season so you suspect we'll have to better that for a top 3 finish this coming season, which begins with Carlisle at Fratton.

On this day in history...26th June

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 26th June.

Done Deal - Smith in permanently from Swindon

The interest Pompey retained in Smith, with him 'in our sights' has resulted in him returning to the Blues on a permanent basis after signing for an 'undisclosed fee' from Swindon.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile
Chix
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Cookie has signed five player now. How many more until you are happy?
Suggested By: eastneydave
Just a keeper10%
Two 70%
Three 10%
Four10%
More0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.eastneydave14
2.pompeyrug13
3.Copnor4311
4.FrattonBlue8
5.Pompeyboosie6
6.mslorna485
7.Ronald Wilson4
8.Jimsmithswig3
9.storagematt2
10.Lemmi1