Portsmouth City Council is asking local people for their help in improving the area around Horatia and Leamington Houses after the tower blocks are taken down.

The 1960s blocks, in Meriden Road and Earlsdon Street, are being removed after the council found problems with the original concrete construction while cladding was being removed.

Leader of the council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: "We want to know what people think before we start putting together plans for the area.

"We've said we will replace the 272 homes in Horatia and Leamington with a minimum of the same number of units at social rents. This can be done in a number of different ways so it's very important to us that people have the chance to be heard."

The council's cabinet member for Housing Cllr Darren Sanders said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to make improvements so we want to hear the ideas, suggestions and thoughts of the local people, businesses and partner organisations who this matters most to.

"We want to make sure that we make the most of this chance to make positive changes to the area after the blocks have gone."

You can let the council know what you think by phone, email, post or in person.

You can get in touch in one of the following ways before Friday 5 July:

  • Collect a feedback form from the Somerstown area housing office in Somerstown Central (the Hub), in Rivers Street.
  • Download a feedback form or comment online
  • Call 023 9284 1311 to arrange a home visit, book an appointment at the civic offices or request a feedback form.
  • Write to Mary Devaney, Portsmouth City Council, Civic offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AY.

The council will also host a public drop-in information session in the Somerstown Central café, at the Hub, on Tuesday 25 June, from 8am to 7pm. Members of the development team will be in the café all day to speak with people about anything that they would like taken into account when they work on the plans for the area.

For copies of the feedback form in alternative languages or a braille version call 023 9284 1311 or contact the Somerstown area housing office, at Somerstown Central.

An aerial view of Somerstown