The council invites residents to participate in redesigning the city center and share their ideas and priorities for different spaces in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Councilor Steve Pitt, cabinet member for culture, entertainment and economic development, said: “We need to seize the moment to take a fresh look at what our city center can be, how it can best serve our communities, retailers and businesses, with an adaptive and vibrant focus for future generations. point.
“There are more than 20 projects already underway to make improvements and pave the way for the future of the city center, but we have big ambitions for Portsmouth city center and we have a lot we want to achieve. We want people to share their big ideas. We have priorities.”
To support its goals, the council has made a more than £19m proposal from the Leveling Up Fund to spearhead improvements with new creative community spaces, better facilities and greener, more welcoming streets – which will breathe new life into spaces like the Guildhall Walk. Feeling the impact of changing habits and the coronavirus pandemic
If successful, the proposal will also support a major renovation of the Guildhall and Theater Royal.
The Council has also raised more than £800,000 from the Future Main Streets Fund, the Safer Streets Fund and the Women’s Safety at Night Fund to make improvements in the areas around the Commercial Road.
These improvements aim to create new outdoor spaces where people can sit, relax and play, as well as take steps to combat crime and violence against women and girls in public spaces.
“We’re working with partners and experts to unlock new opportunities like the Leveling Fund and the Future High Streets Fund, and we’re looking at where the council has the ability to step in and advance regeneration,” said Councilor Pitt.
“We want culture to lead, with new and inviting public spaces, innovative events, art, music, cafes and restaurants next to well-known and independent retailers. Where specific developments are proposed, we need to make sure they will support our goals and play a role in delivering the right mix for a revitalized city centre.”
North of downtown will see some of the biggest changes. The council is working on proposals for new homes, a large open green space, and new walking and cycling routes.
The plans would see the redevelopment of the former Tricorn and Sainsbury estates, which the municipality had purchased to reveal the long-term regeneration opportunity that would support the wider revitalization of the entire city centre.
These improvements will complement plans already in place as part of the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit projects.
Council has submitted plans for a new two-way bus lane along the Unicorn Road and Cascades Approach, safer crossing points for people walking and cycling, and a new shared cycling and trailhead on the Unicorn Road.
Over the coming months, people in Portsmouth will be invited to learn more about the city center vision and share their ideas and priorities for the area through citywide consultation, pop-up events, focus groups and creative workshops. The council’s regeneration team will also reach key communities, including businesses, retailers, special interest groups, schools and colleges.