Portsmouth FC hope Tesco plan will help to improve Fratton Park

Romsey Advertiser: Fratton Park Fratton Park

PLANS to build a supermarket at Portsmouth FC have taken a step forward - with the submission of the planning application which will eventually lead to the club's ground being improved.

Tesco want to open a the superstore on land to adjacent to Fratton Park in the heart of Portsmouth.

Plans for the scheme were submitted to the city council today.

Pompey, who are are currently just four places above the relegation spots which could see them plummet out of the Football League completely, hope the plan will hope them "secure their long term success at Fratton Park".

Point Estates, the company behind the scheme, is owned by Stuart Robinson, who has been working closely with the club for more than 12 months as its property partner.

He said: "These plans are a win-win for everyone. The football club will be able to improve Fratton Park and its surroundings, which is a key benefit of what we are doing and the local community will benefit from having increased choice and competition for their weekly shop."

In addition, around 300 jobs will be provided at Tesco and the brownfield site will undergo much welcomed urban regeneration, including environmental enhancements and improved pedestrian and cycle routes.

Ashley Brown, a Director at Portsmouth FC and Chairman of the Pompey Supporters' Trust, has led the club side in the negotiations.

He backs the plans: "The club is supportive of this application. We are very pleased with the agreement we have reached with the developer and over time the club, and in particular Fratton Park, will experience a real benefit.

"All Pompey fans know the importance of this development for the regeneration of not only the club but also the community as a whole and I hope they join us in supporting it," he said.

The application is now to be considered by the City Council. If approved, work on improvements to the land behind the North Stand could begin during the summer of 2014, with the store scheduled to open in 2015.

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4:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

arthur boutfaith says...

I LOVE that pic !! Always makes me smile.
I LOVE that pic !! Always makes me smile. arthur boutfaith
  • Score: 22

4:26pm Mon 10 Feb 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

She's back !!!!
She's back !!!! RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 27

4:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Outside of the Box says...

The picture has been around longer than HMS Victory, I wonder if the Echo has checked if the lady is still alive?
The picture has been around longer than HMS Victory, I wonder if the Echo has checked if the lady is still alive? Outside of the Box
  • Score: 18

4:38pm Mon 10 Feb 14

reeferman says...

At least the store will look better than that s★☆t hole.Is that a picture of their latest signing?
At least the store will look better than that s★☆t hole.Is that a picture of their latest signing? reeferman
  • Score: 5

4:48pm Mon 10 Feb 14

THEKILLER says...

Tesco will defiantly improve Fratton Park if they knock it down and build a megastore
Tesco will defiantly improve Fratton Park if they knock it down and build a megastore THEKILLER
  • Score: 8

4:57pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Just popping off to Tescos for my scum rolls.
Just popping off to Tescos for my scum rolls. Inform Al
  • Score: -13

5:02pm Mon 10 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

Anything at all would improve Fratton Park, even if it fell down it would look better.
Anything at all would improve Fratton Park, even if it fell down it would look better. bigfella777
  • Score: 15

5:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Norwegian Saint says...

So the guy that bought the land to "help" the club, sells to Tesco to line his own pockets?
I smell a rat leaving the stinking sinking ship.
WTFILN???
So the guy that bought the land to "help" the club, sells to Tesco to line his own pockets? I smell a rat leaving the stinking sinking ship. WTFILN??? Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 20

5:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

no. 10 says...

Saturday afternoon will be the best day to do your shopping, car park will be empty too.
Saturday afternoon will be the best day to do your shopping, car park will be empty too. no. 10
  • Score: 20

5:13pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Little Hitler says...

Good deal for Tesco, toilets already in place.
Good deal for Tesco, toilets already in place. Little Hitler
  • Score: 17

5:35pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Beautiful absolutely beautiful!

Top story and top, top photo. Well done everyone at the Echo - some of the best journalism I have ever seen!

Sha lalalala la......
Beautiful absolutely beautiful! Top story and top, top photo. Well done everyone at the Echo - some of the best journalism I have ever seen! Sha lalalala la...... Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 16

5:53pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

That Old Bag is still waiting for Her Tesco Points!
That Old Bag is still waiting for Her Tesco Points! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 5

6:09pm Mon 10 Feb 14

SteveinTotton says...

Every little helps, I wonder if they will have extra value printed on the shirts.
Every little helps, I wonder if they will have extra value printed on the shirts. SteveinTotton
  • Score: 3

6:40pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BikerNick says...

They can't build there, all of it is way past it's sell-by date.
They can't build there, all of it is way past it's sell-by date. BikerNick
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BikerNick says...

BikerNick wrote:
They can't build there, all of it is way past it's sell-by date.
They can't build there, the whole place is way past its sell-by date.
[quote][p][bold]BikerNick[/bold] wrote: They can't build there, all of it is way past it's sell-by date.[/p][/quote]They can't build there, the whole place is way past its sell-by date. BikerNick
  • Score: -4

7:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

you guys do realise that they have been talking about a stadium to 'rival St Mary's'


Can't wait to see that when they are playing in the Skrill Premier......
you guys do realise that they have been talking about a stadium to 'rival St Mary's' Can't wait to see that when they are playing in the Skrill Premier...... Stroppy_gramps
  • Score: 6

7:39pm Mon 10 Feb 14

red/whitearmy says...

Wow build a tesco to improve that **** hole. It will take more than a tesco , And dont tesco do points. You will get more points in tesco than that shed.
Wow build a tesco to improve that **** hole. It will take more than a tesco , And dont tesco do points. You will get more points in tesco than that shed. red/whitearmy
  • Score: 3

7:55pm Mon 10 Feb 14

eastsidemush says...

Never mind Tesco ,should be a tampon factory being built there cos the skunts are certainly going through a very bad period at the moment.
Ah......the old ones are the best.
Never mind Tesco ,should be a tampon factory being built there cos the skunts are certainly going through a very bad period at the moment. Ah......the old ones are the best. eastsidemush
  • Score: 6

8:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

apm1954 says...

one hell of a fish counter,
one hell of a fish counter, apm1954
  • Score: 10

8:47pm Mon 10 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

http://www.portsmout
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You will get a better class of customer at Fratton, not.
http://www.portsmout h.co.uk/sport/pompey /pompey-boss-says-nu tcase-fan-should-com e-forward-1-5866862 You will get a better class of customer at Fratton, not. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -5

9:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Rank Xerox says...

I've never liked Tesco....never liked Pompey either!!
I've never liked Tesco....never liked Pompey either!! Rank Xerox
  • Score: 2

2:11am Tue 11 Feb 14

BeyondImagination says...

St Marys would make a great Asda
St Marys would make a great Asda BeyondImagination
  • Score: -8

3:50am Tue 11 Feb 14

Rising_Son says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
St Marys would make a great Asda
Yes, but it makes an even better football ground.
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: St Marys would make a great Asda[/p][/quote]Yes, but it makes an even better football ground. Rising_Son
  • Score: 7

5:28am Tue 11 Feb 14

andoru says...

I hope Pompey have the foresight to guarantee jobs there for their part-time players.
I hope Pompey have the foresight to guarantee jobs there for their part-time players. andoru
  • Score: 9

9:17am Tue 11 Feb 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

If our fishy friends have any business sense (though recent events would suggest not), they would knock down Fratton Shed and ground-share with Haven't & Waterloo
If our fishy friends have any business sense (though recent events would suggest not), they would knock down Fratton Shed and ground-share with Haven't & Waterloo There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 2

10:46am Tue 11 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

They'll be signing Dale Winton next, to be their "supermarket sweep"er!

The longest queue on match day will be the fast lane in Tesco.

And when the do reach the Skrill, they can wear Tesco carrier bags as shirts. Save a fortune on real shirts and laundry.
They'll be signing Dale Winton next, to be their "supermarket sweep"er! The longest queue on match day will be the fast lane in Tesco. And when the do reach the Skrill, they can wear Tesco carrier bags as shirts. Save a fortune on real shirts and laundry. Costa Baz
  • Score: 1

12:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Blackwaterblue says...

It's a nice thought that every time a Saints fan spends money in Tesco he's helping fund the regeneration of the best stadium in the south!
It's a nice thought that every time a Saints fan spends money in Tesco he's helping fund the regeneration of the best stadium in the south! Blackwaterblue
  • Score: -2

2:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SaintJD says...

Apparently it will be the only Tesco store in the UK where scanning your Club Card leads to a points deduction.
Apparently it will be the only Tesco store in the UK where scanning your Club Card leads to a points deduction. SaintJD
  • Score: 0

2:11pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SaintJD says...

Blackwaterblue wrote:
It's a nice thought that every time a Saints fan spends money in Tesco he's helping fund the regeneration of the best stadium in the south!
Do Tesco know something we don't? New housing estate on the way perhaps? At least it gives your players a potential new career path.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwaterblue[/bold] wrote: It's a nice thought that every time a Saints fan spends money in Tesco he's helping fund the regeneration of the best stadium in the south![/p][/quote]Do Tesco know something we don't? New housing estate on the way perhaps? At least it gives your players a potential new career path. SaintJD
  • Score: 0

2:26pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SaintJD says...

Apparently, the new store will stock a range of exclusive products, such as the revolutionary new washing up brand, Fairy Liquidation.
Apparently, the new store will stock a range of exclusive products, such as the revolutionary new washing up brand, Fairy Liquidation. SaintJD
  • Score: 0

4:43pm Tue 11 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

at least there will be larger cowds
at least there will be larger cowds mickey01
  • Score: -2

10:07am Fri 14 Feb 14

Blackwaterblue says...

SaintJD wrote:
Blackwaterblue wrote:
It's a nice thought that every time a Saints fan spends money in Tesco he's helping fund the regeneration of the best stadium in the south!
Do Tesco know something we don't? New housing estate on the way perhaps? At least it gives your players a potential new career path.
We'll be top of the Conefrance though!!
[quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackwaterblue[/bold] wrote: It's a nice thought that every time a Saints fan spends money in Tesco he's helping fund the regeneration of the best stadium in the south![/p][/quote]Do Tesco know something we don't? New housing estate on the way perhaps? At least it gives your players a potential new career path.[/p][/quote]We'll be top of the Conefrance though!! Blackwaterblue
  • Score: 1

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