All PST members are invited to join members of the PST Board at an open meeting on 14th March 2016 at the Victory Suite, Fratton Park. Email invitations will be sent today (8th Feb) and tomorrow for this event, and members are asked to sign up via the link in the email.
Those members that don’t have access to email are asked to call 07980 843600 or visit the Pompey Bus on a match day to sign up.
The evening will be an opportunity for:-
• The PST board to update members on our latest news and projects including a presentation by Michael Saunders on the options for Fratton Parks future.
• Members to openly discuss any new ideas they may have that could benefit the PST or PCFC now or in the future
• A general Q&A session. If you wish to supply a question in advance of the event then please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for PST Members to be part of the discussions for the future of PFC's stadium strategy
Mike Saunders had this to say on his presentation.
"As preliminarily discussed at the last PST AGM and subsequently recently reported in the local media, the three major stakeholders in PCFC; The Club Board, The PST and the Presidents have all begun preparatory work looking at what the future holds for PFC in terms of the stadium issue with a small Working Group being set up by the Club tasked with producing feasibility reports and studies on viable future strategies. As part of this the PST would like its Members to have input into the discussions on this topic and for the fans to be a key part of future feasibility work and consultation.
As the PST Board Member for Stadium & Infrastructure and a locally based Registered Architect, I am representing the PST on the Club's Working Group and as such will chair a PST Sub-Group made up of PST Members who have an interest in this issue.
To launch this, I will be holding a short presentation on the back story of Fratton Park, the various attempts to rebuild and relocate and where we now find ourselves looking to the future. Some people may have seen on various social media sites in the last few years, feasibility studies I’ve carried out on this issue, one which has fascinated me ever since I first set foot in Fratton Park as a five year old in 1980. I will also set out how the structure of the PFC Working Group and PST Sub-Group will work and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and sign up to be part of further discussions, as we move this forward.
I strongly believe one of the major failings in the last 25 years of stadium rebuilding in Britain has been the lack of football clubs to ask their fans what they required, and as such, many stadia lost their atmosphere and character as a result. For all of Fratton Park’s failings, there’s no denying we have bucked that trend, and have an opportunity to learn from those mistakes and as a fans owned community club, set a new standard for fans engagement when consulting and formulating design briefs on the future renovation, re-building or relocation of where Portsmouth FC calls its home."
* This meeting is open to PST members only
* Membership of the PST costs £5 and new members are welcome to join on the night of the event
* 1 ticket per member
* Doors open at 6.30, with the event starting at 7pm and ending at 8.30pm.
* Seating is unreserved and on a first come, first served basis
* Car Parking behind the North Stand is available
* The Bar will be open, but no hot food will be available on the night