£5.4 million bid goes in to improve Fratton Road

Fratton Road has been pushed forward by Lib Dem councillors for a multi-million pound transformation, reports local campaigner Stuart Brown.

A £5.6 million bid from Portsmouth City Council has been submitted to the government’s ‘Future High Streets Fund’ for Fratton Road. A decision from government is expected later this year.

Traders have been involved in developing proposals with ideas for Fratton Road including food markets, street festivals and music events.

Plans include changing property use, improving public spaces and making it easier for new businesses to open. Sites have also been identified on Fratton Road for residential development with a view to provide affordable housing.

“We know all high streets have been facing real challenges, so this is good news for Fratton,” says local campaigner and resident, Stuart Brown.

Deputy leader of Portsmouth City Council, councillor Steve Pitt said: "We want to make better use of properties and public spaces to make them more engaging, vibrant and sustainable. We want our high streets to be places that people want to visit, use and enjoy and not just visit when they need to.

"We've shaped the plans and funding requests to give us the best chance of securing money to make improvements."

Pictured below: Fratton Lib Dem councillor Dave Ashmore at The Bridge Shopping Centre on Fratton Road.

Lib Dem councillor Dave Ashmore at Fratton Road

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