Old Portsmouth

Friends of Old Portsmouth Association

DON'T DELAY - Have your say!

Portsmouth City Council is conducting a consultation on a new City Plan which closes on Thursday 28th September. Details of the Consultation can be found on the following link:https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/development-and-planning/planning/the-local-plan.aspx 

Planning 'Ace', Terry Henderson, resigns from FOOPA committee

It is with much regret that FOOPA committee accept the resignation of our planning expert, Terry Henderson. He will step down at the end of the year.

Terry has been working hard on behalf of the community for 10 years, attending PCC's monthly planning meetings, advising on outcomes and making deputations.

We thank him for all his efforts and contributions and wish him well in the future. "Stay in touch Terry - the door is always open!"

With so much development and activity in the city, this presents an exciting opportunity for someone else to really get stuck in to a vital cause.

If you are interested in representing the community in this role, or would like to find out more, get in touch via the website, or contact Gail Baird, Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07809 558474


Preparation of the new Portsmouth Local Plan

The council has now started work on preparing a new Local Plan.  The intention is that this new Plan will update and replace all of the above documents. The new Local Plan will contain;

  • Policies - for the development and protection of land
  • Site Allocations - land we are choosing for new development or for the re-development of existing buildings


PCC are holding staffed exhibitions to explain the consultation and the new local plan. They will be held at:

Eastney Community Centre, 2pm - 8pm 13 September

John Pounds Centre, 2pm - 8pm 15 September

Cosham Community Centre, 2pm - 8pm 19 September

Havelock Community Centre, 3pm - 8pm, 21 September

North End Baptist Church, 10am - 2pm, 23 September

It is important for residents to help shape the future of Portsmouth, so be active, get informed and feedback what you want!

OR send your views to the FOOPA secretary, anna.koor@ntlworld.com and we will incorporate them in a formal response from the organisation.

Cathedral update on building works August 2017

Tower works Final snagging works to Dome (external leadwork), Clock Room and Ringing Room (internal decoration) to be undertaken w/b 14th August.  Duration week or two.

Organ Stop & Nave Decoration Internal works in the Nave to fit new Organ Stop pipes to commence w/b 14th August with erection of scaffold, followed by minor electrical works and decoration starting w/b 21st August and pipes fitting w/b Tue 29th August.  Completion anticipated to be w/e 15th September.  The Stop’s inaugural use will be during our Patronal Festival concert, which takes place at 6.30pm on Saturday 30th September, to be given by Gordon Stewart, Resident Organist at Huddersfield Town Hall.  Gordon was for 15 years one of the regular conductors of BBC television's long-running series Songs of Praise, and he has been musical director for broadcasts on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.   The programme for the concert includes the world premiere of Noel Rawsthorne's Marche Triomphale.

Cloister Works We will be undertaking works to windows, doors and stone work in an around the Cloister over the next few months.  Work to formally commence w/b 11th September with anticipated contract end date being 26th February 2018.  In advance (w/b 14th August) of the formal start date the contractor will be storing some materials on the gravel area on the north side of the Cathedral, covered by canvas and boarded round.

WRNS Commemorative Stone The centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) is being celebrated in 2017.  The centenary and the continued service of women in the Naval service today will be being marked with a Service of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral on 4th November 2017.  The grounds of Portsmouth Cathedral have, very fittingly, been chosen as the site for a commemorative stone.

Trees The City Council, who have responsibility for the maintenance of the Cathedral grounds, have been asked to appropriately prune the trees on the south side.


Queen Elizabeth Carrier arrival

As you may be aware, the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth Carrier will soon be arriving in its home port of Portsmouth.

It is the biggest most powerful ship built for the Royal Navy and secures the future of Portsmouth Naval base jobs for the next 50 years. Its presence will also provide a significant economic boost to the area with local businesses set to benefit from a variety of opportunities to support and maintain the ongoing running of the ship and its crew.

The carrier's arrival is dependent on the tide and weather conditions but it is currently expected to arrive between Thursday 17 August and Tuesday 22 August.

The eyes of the world will be on Portsmouth and tens of thousands of people are expected to come to the city to see the carrier arriving. This will cause significant disruption and people are advised to carefully plan any journeys taken on the arrival day and allow extra time to travel.

We want everyone to be able to safely enjoy this historic occasion and are working to make this happen while trying to minimise disruption to residents and businesses.

There will be various road closures in the city including many in Old Portsmouth and Southsea. See attached.

Public consultation for sea defences

PCC have an online survey which submits questionnaire responses back to us - it can be accessed via the local plan webpage here - https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/development-and-planning/planning/the-local-plan.aspx 

It is important that we all respond as it will affect us

Alternative Sea Defences exhibition

The exhibition of Alternative Sea Defences from the university @Portsmouth Cathedral has been extended to 26th July.

FOOPA urges you to go, have a look and be informed.




We believe Portsmouth deserves a world-beating seafront. If you don't want our beach replaced with a concrete barrier, then please, act NOW!


Grassroots Festival Portsmouth Cathedral: 12:00,15th July
and exhibition: Portsmouth Cathedral 15th-21st July


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