A Portsmouth MP has submitted plans to Government outlining the business case for 'Levelling Up' funding for a number of infrastructure projects.
Mr. Stephen Morgan, Labour MP for Portsmouth South, in liaison with city council staff, prepared the submission in order to revitalise the city centre.
The submission aims for a transformation of the cultural quarter in the city and improve facilities at the Guildhall and New Theatre Royal. In line with the city’s commitment to Net Zero, plans include measures to improve transport links. The aim is to make visiting Portsmouth possible without the use of a private car.
Mr Morgan MP said: "Our city centre has been forgotten and ignored for too long and time has taken its toll. There is a desperate need of revitalising this important part of our city to help breathe new life into Portsmouth and our local economy.
“I know from our own postbag how much residents and local businesses want to see greater care and attention given by the council and government to our city centre, which is why I will continue to do all I can to secure the investment our community deserves.
“By working on this bid and backing the submission for much-needed funds, I hope we can put the heart back into our city centre and create a place Portsmouth people can be proud of once again.
“The economies in coastal areas and airport towns have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the spiralling cost of living in the south east makes it even harder for those on the lowest incomes to get by, compared to those living in more affordable areas."