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Come along to Commercial Road this Saturday 18 March (10am – 2pm) to speak to the regeneration team at Portsmouth City Council about improvements to the city centre.

You can get involved in an exciting and interactive art workshop led by an artist from Aspex Gallery to give you an opportunity to share your priorities and ideas for the area  between Craswell Street and Charlotte Street on Commercial Road.

The team is working to create an attractive, safe and enjoyable place for people to meet, rest or spend time while they’re in the city centre. They are looking at ways to encourage healthy lifestyles, address areas to add greenery and provide interesting spaces for people to sit and rest, get together or for children to play.

Dianna Djokey, Learning and Programme Manager at Aspex Gallery, said: “Aspex Portsmouth is proud to partner with Portsmouth City Council to engage the local community on what matters to them the most. Working with artist Tom Hall, we value the connection gained through these playful consultations, making sure local voices are heard and valued.”

Councillor Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development at Portsmouth City Council, said: “This is a positive step forward in the regeneration of the city centre and something that will make a difference to people visiting Commercial Road. We’re pleased to have been granted Future High Streets funding from the government which will allow us to make improvements to parts of our high street and enhance the local economy.

“The plans for the north of Commercial Road will improve the public space and are one example of the many projects underway across the city centre – from the revitalisation of Victoria Park to our ambitious plans for new homes and green space on the former Tricorn and Sainsbury’s sites. I encourage you to come down on Saturday and share your thoughts for this area.”

Come along to see the team who will be in the centre of the market on Commercial Road near to the fountain between 10am and 2pm. All of your ideas and suggestions will be recorded, shared with the design panel and taken into account during the design process.

The project is supported by Future High Streets funding granted by the government to improve the public realm. It is part of wider regeneration plans to make improvements to our city centre; the closest being the city centre north proposals for the former Tricorn and Sainsburys sites. Proposals include new public green space, new homes, community, and commercial space. You can find out more about city centre regeneration at www.portsmouthcitycentre.co.uk or read the full proposals on city centre north at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/planning –  searching reference number b22/01243/CS3.