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Future High Streets work set to finish on Commercial Road

March 20, 2024

The government funded Future High Streets project is ending in the northern part of Commercial Road.

The council was awarded funding to make minor improvements that include new seating, more planting, play equipment for children, new cycle stands, and a pavement graphic by local artist, Angela Chick. The team has also assisted in the sourcing and implementation of more CCTV in the area.

Funds from the Future High Streets government initiative is solely for the purposes of renewing and reshaping town centres and high streets.

Councillor Steve Pitt, Leader of the council with responsibility for culture, leisure and economic development said:

“We are pleased with the minor improvements in Commercial Road which have been funded by the government. There is a huge journey to go on to secure larger scale improvements to Commercial Road’s shopping area, but Portsmouth City Council is unfortunately not the principal landowner. However, this is a strong start to take forward our wider regeneration plans for the city centre.”

The council is committed to working in partnership with city centre retailers to improve the high street experience.

Last month, the council opened its first pop up shop in Cascades, in a partnership with the shopping centre and Flude. This scheme is designed to enable local entrepreneurs and small businesses to trade in the high street without the commitment or cost of a longer-term lease.

Work is almost complete on creating a new enterprise centre, City Buildings. This space will have 14 new offices and a co-working area in Commercial Road on the former Job Centre and Playland sites. A refreshed markets strategy has also been developed and aims to create a dynamic shopping experience that is diverse, vibrant and adds value to the high street.

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