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Portsmouth Out The Running

Portsmouth Out The Running

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'Should' the world cup bid be successful then one 'would have been' potential host city that definitely will now NOT be an option is Portsmouth, with it confirmed that the cities application to be a host has been removed...

The likelihood of this happening had seemingly grown over the past week or so, with it last week confirmed that the 'reported' £24m costs of staging this were something that the city could not afford, and would not justify passing onto taxpayers.

It has now been officially confirmed that the cities council has voted AGAINST submitting its final bid, which had to come today, and the world cup dream for Portsmouth is dead...

Tory leader Steve Wemyss, the Conservative that led voting against the bid, told The News: 'I would love the World Cup to come to Portsmouth, but not at any cost. We are deceiving the council taxpayers if we think we can afford this.

'Let's say no rather than have to cut other services to pay for this. We have to be realistic.'

Whereas Liberal Demarcate leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson wanted the bid to press ahead, despite the risks it might have meant to the city. As these risks were outweighed by the positives: 'I am sad that we have sent a message out to the world that we do not have ambition in this city.

'It could bring £130m of benefit to the economy, as well as regeneration and creating jobs. It is a risk, but there are no opportunities without taking risks.'

Council official Mike Hancock feels that Fifa and uefa should be more accountable for these costs, and should not be passing them onto taxpayers to fund: 'it is a disgrace that organisations like FIFA and the FA with their millions of pounds have passed this burden on the hard pressed taxpayers.

'But I do not think we can put this on the taxpayers.'

Whilst I can understand, and do appreciate, that passing these costs onto taxpayers is not something that should be done but what about the millions of pounds worth of taxpayers money that has, is, and most likely will continue to be WASTED on crap that is not needed, or wanted, that is of NO benefit to Portsmouth?

Surely bringing the world cup to Portsmouth was something that WAS worth it?

Yep, £24m is a lot of money to pay out but the rewards this would have brought to Portsmouth, and its economy would have been worth so much more - this, for me, is a chance that has seriously been missed.

This is just a sample section, read the full article on this link - England - Portsmouth out the running.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Wednesday November 25 2009
Time: 1:11PM

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I'm shocked, and slightly depressed by this...
25/11/2009 14:05:00
Very short-sighted decision.
25/11/2009 14:10:00
What a let down! But we shouldn't be surprised, this is the council (and a few others) that have made it almost impossible at every stage to build a new ground for PFC. They were 4 years late with the Spinnaker tower, and stil can't fix the lift. They are like our owners, well SAF mainly, all mouth and no trousers. The conservatives are critical of the banks lending money, yet here is a project that will generate millions for the local economy and what do they do, chicken out.
25/11/2009 14:18:00
Sorry but I'm not convinced it was a realistic vision. Local taxpayers could have paid out millions towards a bid that was never going to happen. There's no guarantee that England will even win the bid to host the world cup, and that campaign seems to be a bit of a shambles in itself. And if Portsmouth didn't at least appear to be about to start building a new stadium, or redeveloping FP, then our bid would have been laughable. Unless we can get SAF to persuade everyone its about to happen by the end of the month/the week? I'm not a council tax payer in the city any longer, but if I was I might be very concerned about the costs of this as well, and the effects of cutbacks on other services. I'm not saying I wouldn't have loved the world cup to come to our city, of course I would. I just think it was over-ambitious. I'd love a genuinely wealthy new owner too. And Rooney, Tevez, Ronaldinho . . .
25/11/2009 14:33:00
I have to say, bizarrely i'm more disapointed by this than our league position. It shows a complete lack of ambition and short sightedness on the part of the council. Yes it's a large sum of money but spread over a number of years, with the potential for external sources of funding the income and improvements it would bring to the area would be enormous. I know that not a lot of the income goes directly to the council but the extra hotels and leisure facilities in the area would provide jobs when being built, jobs when being run, would provide additional rates to the council. The fan zones would be around the city on council land which they can rent out the pitches on at a massive premium. People would be keen to invest in the city, things like the northern quarter would finally get finished, pouring more money into the council coffers. It seems they're more than happy to let this city wallow in it's own ****.
25/11/2009 14:33:00
you say that tracy but NO ONE would have to payout anything until they knew the world cup would be coming to england - it would be crazy for plans to be too far advanced, on these plans, until we knew who was getting the world cup - and that is found out at the end of 2010...
that still gave plenty of time for things to happen, taxpayers money is wasted on ***** that is no benefit to anyone, yet taxpayers money that WOULD benefit portsmouth's economy tremendously is not something that they will authorise - just like our board the council are a bunch of *****ers!
25/11/2009 14:39:00
unfortunatley the right choice to make, Come on would you want to sign a legally binding contract on behalf of Portsmouth, based on promises to deliver from PFC. smell, touch feel and hear the reality, PFC have zero financial creditability!
25/11/2009 15:12:00
Typical Rugby playing Tory bias......I say chaps anyone for bringing the Horse of the Year show to Portsmouth?
25/11/2009 15:48:00
That's probably the bottom line GoldenBoot. How could the Council rely on any statements coming out of Fratton Park?
25/11/2009 16:04:00
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