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President views Portsmouth pride

THE RECENT Southern association presidential visit was a chance to show Sir Alan Cockshaw exciting new developments in Portsmouth involving ICE members.

Cockshaw was shown the 25ha site for a residential leisure and commercial waterfront development at Portsmouth harbour, alongside HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose. ICE member Richard Thomas, of The Berkeley Group which is developing the site, explained the main features to the presidential party.

A busy schedule also included a trip to Europe's largest recycling plant where 42,000t of waste is handled every year. Cockshaw was shown over the plant by Paul Skittlethorpe, of Hampshire Waste Services, and Peter King, Portsmouth's city engineer.

Staff from both Hampshire and Portsmouth councils gave an explanation of the South Hampshire Rapid Transit System which will operate over a 14.3km route from Fareham through Gosport to Portsmouth. Including its 0.75km immersed tube tunnel under the harbour, the estimated cost of the scheme is £147M. For the Transport & Works Act application submitted to the Secretary of State at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on 6 March, some 18,000 plans and 6,000 notices were required and 441 objections were received. The project will be privately financed.

The day concluded with a boat trip around the superb natural harbour from which the presidential party could see all the millennium projects in both Portsmouth and Gosport and view at close hand Royal Navy frigates, an aircraft carrier and a visiting US Navy submarine.

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