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Summary

  • The largest theme identified was that of respondents being supportive of the project (43%)
  • There are some smaller themes that emerge, namely that the proposal is good for Portsmouth / Cosham (7%), good for children / youth (7%), and good for football / sport (6%)
  • The next most prevalent theme is that of comments that are critical of the proposal (20%)
  • The primary cause of concern appears to be environmental in nature, with respondents concerned about the impact to the environment (7%) and the need to maintain green space (10%)
  • Another identifiable theme was respondent questions about the proposal, with just under a fifth of respondents questioning various aspects (18%)
  • Amongst this are questions about whether there were plans or funds to support other sports within Portsmouth (7%), queries regarding the price to use an artificial grass pitch (5%), and whether the proposal included provisions for community-based projects (5%)

Supportive comments regarding the proposal

Base: Total sample (88)

wdt_ID Key themes Percentage (%)

This table shows that
43% of supportive comments were supportive of the proposal
7% of supportive comments surrounded the proposal being good for Portsmouth/Cosham
7% of supportive comments surrounded the proposal being good for children/youth
6% of supportive comments surrounded the proposal being good for football/sport

Excellent idea and a much needed improvement in youth sport locally up to this point it has been down to individual clubs to try and provide such facilities, a football city the size of Portsmouth should already have such a place

I never thought that a proposal like this would ever come to the table so this is a superb idea and any improvement would be a good one

I think this is an excellent use of council money and such investment should be considered elsewhere in the future

 

Critical comments regarding the proposal

Base: Total sample (88)

wdt_ID Key themes Percentage (%)

It would be a great shame if they did not keep a part of the grass football field. People have enjoyed this field for decades and I personally think a compromise would be more accepted in the community as a whole

Please retain grass and protect the environment in making any improvements. Consider the wider impact of artificial, i.e. plastics in the environment

Keep the space open and free as much as possible more enclosed space in Cosham is not required

This table shows that
20% of critical comments were critical of the proposal
10% of critical comments surrounded the need to maintain the green space
7% of critical comments surrounded concerns about the environment
3% of critical comments surrounded concerns about the impact on existing events/usage of the playing fields

 

Questions regarding the proposal

Base: Total sample (88)

wdt_ID Key themes Percentage (%)

How will this impact on traffic, parking, pollution, drainage and sewerage capacity? Lighting and cost of upkeep. Security and safety of users and the pitches

…will it only be football that has access to these all-weather pitches seeing as there are other grassroot sports within the city…

This table shows that
18% of respondents made questions about the proposal
7% of questions surrounded support for other sports
5% of questions surrounded pricing
5% of questions surrounded provisions for other community projects