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Change of location for new stadium

The Pompey Site has confirmed that the plans for the location of the proposed new stadium will change.

The initial site for the new 36,000 seater stadium was intended to be The Hard, but with the Royal Navy set to house two 'super aircraft carriers' a change is required as this would be too close to our original site, so operational and security concerns mean that an alternative site needed to be found - this site being Horsea Island, close to Port Solent.

Peter Storrie remains confident that the new stadium can still be in place by 2011 though: 'the club is delighted that the Royal Navy here in Portsmouth is to be the home for the new carriers and destroyers.

'Clearly our plans have had to change as a result. We have always had a very good working relationship with the Royal Navy and once the new commissions were confirmed the Navy and the city council encouraged and worked with us in identifying another waterfront site for the stadium.

'The new site fits all the criteria as before and, in addition, creates new opportunities which will also enable us to be in the new stadium by 2011 as originally planned'.

For a more detailed account of things, visit the Pompey Site - if you have not already.

We all concede that in order for the club to continue to move forward this new stadium desperately needs to be built - along with the proposed new training ground, which will be approved, or not, by the end of the year.

For god knows how many years we have heard talk of a new stadium being build, but nothing has happened, however for the first time I genuinely believe something will happen this time - it has too! To be honest, within reason, I do not really mind where this stadium is built - so long as it happens...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 26 2007

Time: 9:54AM

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So much for my plans, Rug. Personally, I don't care where as long as we get one. I ain't getting any younger.
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26/10/2007 10:43:00

Port Solent? It'll be fun trying to get there?
The Rabbi
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26/10/2007 11:30:00

Here we go again!! One day we will move to a new stadium, but i dont think that i will live to see it. It is a familiar story every time we think we have cracked it we meet a stumbling block, however lets hope that this time Peter Storrie is telling us the truth and the plans can be achieved this time.
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26/10/2007 12:32:00

yep, exactly storagematt... altho i still have faith that it will happen this time... at least i hope! i love the fortress but we really do need to move somewhere new dont we and we do need to get something set in stone - a new stadium is essential to our continued growth isnt it...
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26/10/2007 15:02:00

doubt it will happen, the plans for the stadium are a bit extravagant to say the least and at port solent?? i liked the fact that it was next door to the spinnaker tower and near the warrior and HMS Victory!
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26/10/2007 15:40:00

I too liked the location at Gunwharf but there was a lot of opposition from all quarters and while getting to Horsea Island will be no cakewalk from Eastney there would have been no parking on or near the Hard. I just hope everyone gets behind this plan and the residents at Port Solent will also support the plan and not be nimbys. Economically the loss of the housing will be a blow to the financial backers too.
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26/10/2007 17:09:00

As Elvis once sang....."A little less conversation, a little more action please!" The Port Solent scheme sounds good....let's back the powers that be and let them crack on with it.
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26/10/2007 17:27:00

When you think how quickly the scummers got there act sorted with their new ground, it makes shudder. They just lietrally, bulldozed the scheme through. It didn't matter what the opposition was, their dream for a top stadium was more than important. Please can't we get the silent majority to scream this one through & sod all the nimbies, greenies & all the other pc types. Pompey is booming & alot of that should be credited to the footbal club. It is time the city gave something back.
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26/10/2007 19:04:00

WHAT????!!!!! YOU MEAN THAT THE IMPOSSIBLE TO GET TO UNLESS YOU HAVE A BOAT OH AND CANT BE BUILT IF THE CARRIERS THAT COULD ONLY BE BASED IN PORTSMOUTH WERE BASED HERE STADIUM WAS REJECTED!!!!! well I AM STUNNED, SHOCKED & STUNNED I AM rug. Storagematt as soon as those large carriers were confirmed that was the end of it. The one positive is since we all pretty much new they were coming over the last year ( except the News it seems) the one positive is that the club have had a year to seek a new location
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26/10/2007 20:37:00

Now to the untrained eye i may have seemed a bit of a sarcastic and cynical Bars tard about the whole stadium thing particularly as it was announced at a time when ticket sales were falling .... oh hang on i am a cynical and sarcastic bar stard, that''ll be why then
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26/10/2007 20:41:00

Hey guys, just got back off hoilday to this news. Am i the only one who thought everything about the Hard plans was wrong? Dont think it should have been allowed to impact on the historic dockyard. That said this new location seems no easier from the commuter point of view, ok it's north of the city so no away fans going into town, but there ar estill no rail links or parking, have they forgotten that a 36000 seat stadium needs adequate transport and parking for 36000 fans?
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26/10/2007 23:24:00

Speaking personally as a resident of Port Solent, I feel the latest plans to locate Portsmouth Football Clubs New Stadium to Horsea Island is preposterous and ill thought out. Has, I wonder, anybody considered the aesthetic and environmental impact this modern carbuncle will have on the value of my property? I, as well as many of the other residents in Port Solent who have already signed the 'It must never happen here' petition, including Cllr Hancock I might add, thought the idea of containing the football riff raff within the city boundaries was an excellent idea - Why then, under this new proposal, will they (fronted by the 842 crew) be allowed to venture into Port Solent and maraud around our gardens causing untold amounts of damage to flowerbeds and yachting berths. Furthermore, has anybody considered the impact on the flight path of the lesser spotted two winged headless tortoise that fly over the area every six thousand years whilst migrating to their breeding ground twenty five miles north of the city. It's not as if Portsmouth has a decent football team anyway is it? Why can't they build it in Southampton or Milton Keynes or somewhere or better still share with the Saints.. Stadia are after all only used in the summer aren’t they? I shall be speaking to my MP about this matter very shortly. Sincerely, Miss I Dontgivea*****about-anythingoverthanmyhouseprice
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27/10/2007 07:50:00

P.S. As I only frequent my property once every five years I hadn't realised Portsmouth was a Naval Port - Do those nice 'Richard Gere looking' sailor chappies come into Port Solent often?
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27/10/2007 07:56:00

P.P.S. Mummy & Daddy (who now live in New Zealand) fully support my view
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27/10/2007 07:58:00

P.P.P.S. Mr Nimby the local school master helped with me with the spelling
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27/10/2007 07:59:00


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