|Portsea Island Post
Portsea Island, Hampshire
LeaderThe outcomes of poor planning decisions are becoming more evident as Portsmouth struggles under a regime of inappropriate impositions of unrealistic dwelling densities and an associated failure to provide adequate management of parking and road congestion to the general inconvenience of the local population and business.
The much-vaunted public private partnership (PPP) on roads in Portsmouth seems to be demonstrating that this was a poor decision for an Island City because it concentrates on factors which will not relieve Portsmouth of the serious traffic issues arising for unfortunate planning decisions. There is a lack of vision within local "leadership" with respect to making use of such available resources to invest in initiatives for a more productive and eventually pleasant Portsea Island. For example, rather than a cosmetic maintenance job, Isambard Brunel would no doubt have spent the substantial sums involved in the PPP in an investment project combining vision with a practical solution to Portsmouth's problems. This edition of PIP reviews some of these issues.
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