Work is progressing on the development of a ‘pocket park’ in Fratton with construction due to begin over the coming weeks.

Portsmouth City Council was granted funding earlier this year from the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund to make improvements to the space between Fawcett Road and Goldsmith Avenue.

Changes will include five new benches with under seat lighting, bedding plants, new bins, and festoon lighting in the trees. Pavement artwork will also be installed by local artist, Donna Poingdestre, following a collaborative effort by Portsmouth Creates and Articulate-Sage.

Donna said:

“It’s such delight as an artist to be able to create public art in my home city in collaboration with the young people of motiv8. They were so excited at the site visit that their input was going to be visible from their school, their youth club and their homes.”

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader of the council, pictured at the site, said:

“We are pleased to see this initiative moving forward at such a pace and it very much supports our wider priority to make Portsmouth a safer place to work, live and visit. I look forward to seeing the completed area.”

Peter Williams, Customer and Commercial Director at South Western Railway, said

“We’re delighted that this project, supported by our Customer and Communities Improvement Fund, has started and that the local community will soon be able to enjoy this rejuvenated green space close to Fratton station.”

Works to the site are expected to be completed by the end of April 2024. You can find out more about the South Western Rail Customer and Communities Improvement Fund here: Customer and Communities Improvement Fund 2022 | South Western Railway