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Old 14 May 2014, 18:52   #1
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Camber Slip Portsmouth

Hearing tonight that Portsmouth City council are getting rid of the trailer park at the Camber to make more car parking spaces, effectively shutting down the camber slip to launch from.

There is no other slip available in Portsmouth.

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Hi,

There is a current proposal for "Ben Ainslie Racing" (BAR) to develop a headquarters for their Americas Cup Challenge at the Camber Quay here in Old Portsmouth. There will be limited consequances for those wishing to launch at The Camber, however, the slipway will remain mostly unaffected.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me (Steve) on 023 9283 3166 or 07899 075313

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Hi.

What I heard specifically is that the Trailer park will close to make way for more car parking spaces.

Unfortunately the slipway is quite useless without somewhere to leave the trailer.
For a smaller boat you could pay for two car parking spaces, one for the car and one for the trailer, but if you leave a longer trailer sticking out of a car parking space you’re going to get a ticket.

I'll try to give you a shout later.

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I scattergunned different departments at Portsmouth city council with emails about this to get a reaction.

I’ve heard back from 2 different departments so far, one of which was the ‘Parking Office’ explaining that the Camber dock is owned by the port, and that they are unaware of any changes being made.

They’ve supplied me with the telephone number of “the port” to call, which I’ll do later today.

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The land is owned by Portsmouth City Council while the Camber Dock is controlled by a Portsmouth City Council Employed Harbour Master who is nothing to do with QHM or what goes on past the Car Ferry. PCC are playing a careful game in the vain hope that BAR will come to Portsmouth and bring millions of £££s with it. Of course it wont as to my knowledge none of the sailing events are being held in the UK. Its all about politics and Portsmouth has become a marginal seat ready for the taking. I suspect very strongly that the picture will be clearer after next Thursday. There are a lot of people waiting in the shadows to help make Portsmouth a true "Maritime City" Alan P
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Hi,

Nasher, I'm afraid the area currently used as a free trailer park will become par of BAR's car park. However, at evenings and weekend it is intended to be open to the public (about 60+ spaces if my memory serves me).

Discussions are ongoing regarding a possible site for a trailer park but I can't tell you where that will be at this time (and I suspect that no-one else can either), but it is in the minds of the powers that be.

Alan, an interesting take on what's happening and maybe you were being a little "tongue in cheek". However trust me (as someone who is relocating their business to make way for BAR), this is going to happen. If you view the planning application, you may note that it has cost BAR a fortune to put this plan together. The planning application fee alone is almost £25k! I'm sure it will be a great result for all those in the council and much political capital will be made of it, but this is a serious proposal and the amount of work going it to minimise any negative effect on the residents, fishermen, leisure users and local businesses is staggering. Can't see it as just cheap political posturing.

Anyway, let's all hope that an alternate trailer park can be accommodated near the slipway. If I know anything further I'll post here.

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One thing that is not clear or accepted yet is that no teams are prepared to make any decisions yet until the final AC proposal is agreed. It is my understanding that this will not be at least until September and even run as late as November. With this in mind nothing is likely to happen until everyone knows and understands what is involved. To spend £25k + on preparations for a project of this scale is loose change. Our challenge has spent a considerable amount more than this on air fares alone and holding luncheons with interested parties.
Portsmouth needs new and exciting projects and I think the jury will be out for some time before anyone knows what is happening. Cheers Alan P.


Alan, an interesting take on what's happening and maybe you were being a little "tongue in cheek". However trust me (as someone who is relocating their business to make way for BAR), this is going to happen. If you view the planning application, you may note that it has cost BAR a fortune to put this plan together. The planning application fee alone is almost £25k! I'm sure it will be a great result for all those in the council and much political capital will be made of it, but this is a serious proposal and the amount of work going it to minimise any negative effect on the residents, fishermen, leisure users and local businesses is staggering. Can't see it as just cheap political posturing.

Anyway, let's all hope that an alternate trailer park can be accommodated near the slipway. If I know anything further I'll post here.

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