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D-Day Hero – Last surviving landing craft completes its final journey by sea

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Today (24th August 2020) D-Day survivor LCT 7074 has finally made the impressive journey from Portsmouth Naval Base to her new home on Southsea where she will be the newest addition to the D-Day Story museum. The move, in an echo of D-Day itself, experienced a series of delays with the first attempt aborted the previous night due to high winds. However, improved conditions enabled her to land at Southsea Beach at 3.50am. This one-of-a-kind ship is the last surviving example of 800 tank carrying landing craft that served at D-Day. She has now been restored to her former glory in a joint collaboration by the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) and Portsmouth City Council alongside a £4.7million grant provided by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Portsmouth venues trial new Contactless menu app

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Contactless Menu 2Restaurants, cafes, bars & pop-up venues across the city are taking part in a trial of a new 'Contactless Menu' app which was developed locally to help hospitality businesses with contactless ordering and payment.

Contactless Menu is a new app which has been developed by local software developers. It enables customers to use a traffic light system to quickly see which venues have spaces or are busy, book a table, order from the menu and pay all through their mobile phone.

The pilot is being supported by Shaping Portsmouth, as part of the new Portsmouth City Council 'Go local' project they are leading on to help high street businesses to operate safely and profitably and to help residents return confidently.

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Bring Back The Southsea Dinosaur

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Visualisation of the Luna Park tribute bronze artwork alongside the Luna Park 10 Years virtual reality digital dinosaur by Studio Morison, 2020.

Portsmouth’s contemporary art gallery Aspex is one Ultrasaurus sized step closer to reaching it’s fundraising target for a new piece of public art on Southsea Common.

Launched on the 31st July Aspex’s crowdfunding campaign to ‘Bring Back The Southsea Dinosaur’ has had a positive start and is about to receive a £5000 boost from Portsmouth City Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), funds generated from developers undertaking building projects in the city.

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£300,000 of grants available to help Portsmouth residents into employment

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HIWCFLocal community and not-for-profit organisations are being encouraged by Portsmouth City Council to apply for a grant of up to £60,000 to support individuals facing complex barriers into employment.

The Solent Supporting Employment programme is offering grants for organisations in the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area with a proven record in employability to deliver new and innovative projects.

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City-wide consultation launched by Imagine Portsmouth to ask the people how they see Portsmouth in the year 2040

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V2-partner-Shaping-2wPortsmouth residents are being invited to take part in a city-wide survey looking at what makes Portsmouth unique and what kind of city Portsmouth should be by 2040.

Aiming to bring together the ideas of people from different communities, backgrounds and interests, the results of the research will help shape the future direction of Portsmouth. Participants will be asked:

  • What values should shape the city
  • What Portsmouth should focus on when it comes to culture, the economy, education, the environment, health and wellbeing, and transport
  • What they think makes Portsmouth unique

The survey is the latest step towards the development of an official city vision for Portsmouth - a single, united vision for the future that reflects the ambitions of local people and guides the many organisations, groups and individuals that play a role in city life.

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