McCarthy and Stone’s Savoy Buildings Petition – Yes or No?

The proposed building Savoy Buildings site development. This image copyright McCarthy and Stone.

The proposed building Savoy Buildings site development. This image copyright McCarthy and Stone.

Now, there’s been quite a lot of passion generated by my post about the Savoy Buildings, picture above, with several people commenting that they would like a petition to sign.

Now, in my opinion, petitions like this are always rather silly.  If I set up a petition criticising a project, then of course there’s nothing to measure it against.  The person defending the project can easily say: “Well, you’ve got X,000 signatures against.  But there are plenty more in favour.”

So for that reason I’ve set up two petitions, to see what people really think of the proposed Savoy Buildings.  I’ve kept the emotional language out of the petitions and provided URLs with which you can study the proposals more closely.

To see the proposals, you can also visit them from here: http://www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/southsea

Now, this building looks set to be built on this site – let’s be clear. This petition at least means that the opinion of the people of Portsmouth (which they were not asked) is registered somewhere. Who knows – there may still be some pressure to bear on local councillors in the planning stage if enough people make a fuss?

If you think this will be HARMFUL to the long term development of Southsea and that it is an inappropriate building for the site, go here:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/the-mccarthy-and-stone-proposal-for-the-savoy-buildings-is-bad-for-southsea-seafront

If you think McCarthy and Stone’s plans will be really good for Southsea seafront, go here:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/the-mccarthy-and-stone-proposal-for-the-savoy-buildings-will-enhance-southsea-seafront

It’s simple and it’s fair.

And if a representative of McCarthy and Stone wants to write the text for the one approving the site, they just need to contact me.

Well, let’s see what the people of Portsmouth think!

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