As the new football hub at King George V playing field is taking shape, Portsmouth City Council is announcing that the artificial grass pitches, pavilion, and car park will be operated on its behalf under a lease agreement.

Two of the nine grass football pitches are being replaced with two full-size artificial grass football pitches, to enable sport to be played whatever the weather. These artificial grass pitches will be managed by an operator on behalf of Portsmouth City Council.

In legal terms, to lease open space land is classed as a ‘disposal’ of open land. Therefore, the council has a statutory obligation to advertise this via a Notice of Intended Disposal of Land. This will be advertised in the The News, Portsmouth, on 12 and 19 July.

The remaining open green space at King George V playing fields will continue to be accessible to the public, including the grass pitches, which will be accessible when football matches are not being played on them.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of the Council with responsibility for leisure, said: “We’re pleased with the progression of our ambitious King George V football hub, to develop football facilities in the north of the city.

“Advertising the intended disposal of land is a statutory requirement, which will move us one step closer to enabling children and adults to play football in the north of city whatever the weather.

“I’d like to reassure residents that the rest of the green space at King George V playing fields will remain accessible to the local community for their leisure use.”

The football hub will have artificial grass pitches marked up to provide a variety of pitch options, as well as changing facilities, café space and toilets.