Delays possible on Eastern Road from 20 June

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Drivers are being warned that work on the Eastern Road could cause delays outside rush-hour periods. The work, by Portsmouth City Council, will improve safety at pedestrian crossings, increase traffic flow and make bus journeys more reliable. It will take place at the Eastern Road's junctions with Grove Road and Fitzherbert Road in Farlington.

Working hours will be 9.30am to 3.30pm, on weekdays, avoiding rush hour times. Work is expected to start on Monday 20 June and last for about six weeks. There will be one period of night working. There will be lane closures, which may cause delays, but only during the above working hours.

The crossings across Eastern Road and Grove Road will be widened, and the traffic lights at the Eastern Road/Fitzherbert Road junction will be changed. The bus layby along Eastern Road will be closed, and a new bus stop created by the roadside. New tactile paving slabs will be installed, and a new section of footpath built.

Colas, the council's highways contractor, will be doing the work.

During the day works traffic will be prevented from turning right into Grove Road and will be diverted south to the A27 roundabout and back up the Eastern Road. This is to ensure the safety of workers and road users.

A council spokesperson said: "We apologise for any disruption and inconvenience caused by this work. It will result in safer crossings, better journeys for bus passengers, and better traffic flow for drivers. We're grateful to everyone, especially local residents, for their patience and cooperation."


Calling all budding authors

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Portsmouth Central Library cropFollowing the success of last year's short story competition Portsmouth Libraries are once again asking people to get creative and enter this year's competition for the chance to win a cash prize.

The theme for this year's shorty story competition is 1976 - to tie in with Central Library's 40th birthday. The competition opens on Thursday 14 July 2016 and entries can be submitted, along with £5 entry fee, up to the closing date 5pm on Friday 30 September.

The winner will be announced at the launch of Portsmouth BookFest in February 2017. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over who lives, works or studies in Portsmouth or has a close personal connection to the city.

For more details, terms and conditions and an entry form visit your local library from 14 July or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Win a Golden Ticket at the Kings Theatre

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Golden Ticket Web

As part of the fundraising campaign to bring new toilet facilities to its Edwardian venue, The Kings Theatre Portsmouth has announced an exclusive lottery draw for donators where one lucky individual will be awarded a ‘Golden Ticket’ to see an unlimited number of shows for a whole year.
As part of its first ever campaign through online fundraising platform ‘Crowdfunder’, The Kings Theatre has created a selection of exclusive gifts for people who make donations.

The ‘Pounds for Pennies’ initiative, which was launched at the start of the month, is seeking to raise money for the refurbishment of the theatre’s Dress Circle toilets and offering a variety of gifts from drinks and ice creams, to places on exclusive historic tours and at a party to meet the cast of this year’s Christmas pantomime.

Now, the theatre has announced that every individual who donates will automatically be put into a draw to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ that will enable the holder to see as many Kings Theatre productions as they wish for a whole year.
"This is our first time entering the world of online fundraising, so we wanted to make sure that we planned it carefully and were able to offer something really special for those who supported us," explains Kelly Haswell, Marketing Manager for the theatre.

After regular mentions in feedback from audiences, improving the toilets within the venue is now the top priority for The Kings Theatre Trust, and the ‘Pounds for Pennies’ campaign has received support from celebrity patrons and local dignitaries who all took part in the video which can be seen at

"The campaign closes in July, so we hope people will move quickly to support us," says Kelly.


National Bike Week comes to Gosport

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Saturday 18 June, from 10am to 4pm, at Falkland Gardens


British Cycling, Gosport Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council, Gosport Ferry Ltd, Bicycle Recycling (the Bike Doctor), Solent Cycles and Solent Go partner up for the event to encourage residents to “get on their bike.”

Interested in starting to cycle? Want to get back into cycling? Maybe to get fit, or cut the cost and stress of commuting, or simply just enjoy pedalling around the local area with friends or family, then this event will help you get all the information you need.

Representatives will be on hand from British Cycling to give information on local guided rides, plus news on cycle events such as July’s Pedal Portsmouth. Pick up the local cycling maps from Portsmouth City Council’s stand and have a go on their ‘Smoothie Bike’; make your own shake as you pedal away! Or, have fun whilst finding out about the Solent Go smartcard; race a remote controlled bus around the Solent Go scalextric road map of South Hampshire.

Not quite sure what bike is for you? Chat to Solent Cycles about the range of bicycle options and cycle to work schemes.

Got a bike already? Bring it along to have it security marked by one of Gosport’s Police Community Support Officers together with advice on how to keep your bike safe. Then pop into the Bike Doctor provided by Bicycle Recycling and get a free cycle safety check.

Ready to go? Don’t forget that on the Gosport Ferry bikes go free all summer (up to 31 August); all you need to do is buy a return, ten trip, Solent Go or season ticket.

National Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends. The 2016 event takes place 11-19th June.

Guided rides in the local area: Information can be found here
Pedal Portsmouth information can be found here:

Further enquiries about this event should be directed to Gosport Ferry on 02392 524 551.

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