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And In Other News - November 2020


Update from PDPLA AGM 

Latest government guidance for landlords & tenants (Covid-19)

Portsmouth Transport Strategy

Neil Hawkins Retires From Chandler Hawkins

Portsmouth Road Closures & Works

Right To Rent Legislative Changes

Update from PDPLA AGM 

The PDPLA AGM in September was well supported and all resolutions were passed. See all the details here:  https://pdpla.com/members/agm-2020-report

Subsequent to the meeting, committee elected 2 new directors to replace Julian Clokie who sadly passed away earlier this year.   They are Alwin Oliver our Vice Chair and Charlotte Walker who has held a number of roles since joining the committee.

Latest government guidance for landlords & tenants (Covid-19)

The government has updated its guidance for landlords and tenants on a range of issues during the Covid crisis. See full details here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-landlords-and-tenants

Portsmouth Transport Strategy

We waited for the PRS strategy consultation and what do you know, 3 come along all at once....

Apart from the PRS and the Sea Front Masterplan consultations (see last months news) we now have a transport strategy consultation, covering plans for the next 16 years.

According to PCC, "This strategy will shape the way that people travel in Portsmouth over the next 16 years, and we are keen to hear from residents, businesses, commuters and visitors, so we can tailor the plan to deliver an inclusive, active and sustainable travel network which will create a safer, healthier and more prosperous city.

The draft transport strategy can be found here on our website here: https://travel.portsmouth.gov.uk/schemes/transport-strategy-2020/

You will also find a high level diagram with indicative schemes which may be delivered over the life of the strategy as well as the Habitats Regulation Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessments reports.

As part of the consultation there is an online survey which seeks your feedback on our vision, objectives and policies within the Draft Transport Strategy, 2020 - 2036. . The consultation will run for 12 weeks until Monday 21 December 2020. Please feel free to forward this survey.

In addition to the online survey we are planning a number of workshops with key stakeholders, if you would like to participate in a workshop please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will ensure further details are sent to you."

Neil Hawkins Retires From Chandler Hawkins

Over the years, many of us have had property surveys in the area and many of those will have been undertaken by Neil Hawkins of Chandler Hawkins in Landport Terrace, Southsea. So it is with mixed emotions we learnt that Neil has now retired. We wish him a long and happy retirement but we will miss his skills and experience in the city.

Neil continues as Secretary of the Portsmouth Property Association until its AGM next year.

Portsmouth Road Closures & Works

24 October 2020

 Road closures to enable social distancing (until further notice)

  • Charlotte Street - Landport View to Cascades Approach
  • Guildhall Walk - From the junction of Alec Rose Lane to the junction of Spring Gardens
  • St George's Road - Temporary footway closure to allow for social distancing
  • Palmerston Road South - Villers Road to Osborne Road. Closure to allow for social distancing
  • Castle Road - Closure from Hambrook Street to Regent Place to enable increased walking and cycling. Vehicles diverted from Southsea Terrace, Bellevue Terrace to Hambrook Street.
  • Canal Walk - Closure from Bridgeside Close/Somers Road junction to enable increased walking and cycling

29 Apr 2019 - 29 Oct 2020 - King Street - Road closure

Road closure for construction of five-storey building

26 June - 22 December - Stanhope Road/Unicorn Road (Travelodge) - Road closure

Construction works for new Travelodge Hotel.

31 July for 18 months- Ashburton Road - 24hr road closure at junction with Kent Road. No through road, access only from Osborne Road end

To facilitate works associated with building structure adjacent to the highway

Resurfacing works

27 Oct - 2 Nov - Newlyn Way Roundabout - Road closure (nights)

2 Nov - 5 Nov - St Mary's Road Roundabout - Road closure (nights)

5 Nov - 20 Nov - Hayling Ave - Road closure (days)

 28 Sept - 28 March 2022 - Coburg Street – Unity Hall - Footpath and road closures

Closure of north side footway footpath from Wigmore House to Holbrook Road. Road closure between Deaf Centre car park and hammerhead area of Coburg Street. Diversions in place.

19 Oct - 4 Dec - Park Road - Temporary prohibition of driving, loading & waiting (nights)

No left and right turn at Burnaby Road junction and footway closure (south side) during City Fibre works. Diversions in place.

26 Oct - 27 Oct Fawcett Road junction with Stansted Road - Road closure (night)

Road closure for ironwork replacement

26 Oct - 1 Nov - Doyle Avenue (Northern Parade to Conan Road) Road closure

Diversions in place for City Fibre works

26 Oct - 9 Nov - West Street & Bathing Lane - Road closure and two-way signals in place. Temporary suspension of one-way system & loading and waiting in Bath Square.

To carry out works on damaged building, including crane works. Diversions in place.

26 Oct - 13 Nov - Station Road, Drayton - Road closure

Storm water connection work for new development. Diversions in place.

26 Oct - 13 Nov - Velder Avenue - Prohibition of loading and waiting

Temporary restrictions in place for City Fibre ducting works

26 Oct - 1 Dec - Raglan Street (Blackfriars Road to no 2 Raglan Street) - Temporary prohibition of waiting with multi-way lights in place

Repair works to stones and wall along side of rail tracks

26 Oct - 1 Dec - Dugald Drummond Street (Isambard Brunel Road to Greetham Street ) - Road closure

Closure while railway safety works take place

2 Nov - 4 Nov Fratton Road junction with St Mary's Road - Lane closure (nights)

Traffic signals maintenance at the Fratton Road/Lake Road junction. Multi-way lights in place.

2 Nov - 5 Nov - Southampton Road - Lane closure (nights)

Lane 1 closure from A27 to Allaway Avenue for installation of phone mast

4 Nov - 7 Nov - Fratton Road junction with Lake Road - Lane closure (nights)

Traffic signals maintenance at the Fratton Road/Lake Road junction. Multi-way lights in place

16 Nov - 18 Dec - Nelson Road - Road closure

Southbound from Sultan Road and prohibition of waiting on East side for water main repair

23 Nov - 28 Nov - Goldsmith Avenue (Fernhurst Road) - Multiway lights (nights)

Temporary lights in operation for pole and cabling installation

14 Dec - 18 Dec - M275 - Northbound flyover closure, northbound and southbound lane closures (nights)

Closures in place for road cleansing

Highways England

Mid-September - December 2020

Essential repair work to A27 Havant Bypass bridge at Cosham/Drayton.

A 50mph speed restriction on the A27 carriageway is in place over the bridge for up to 10 weeks from 18 September. Works to be carried out:

  • Replacement of bridge joints and waterproofing materials
  • Resurfacing of eastbound and westbound carriageways
  • Replacement of central reservation over the bridge

6 Jan for 21 weeks - Installation of noise barrier M27 Port Solent, Cosham (Highways England). Various road and lane closures.

M27 westbound carriageway at Port Solent from Cosham Link at junction 12 of the M27 to the bridge carrying the M27 over the railway line near Paulsgrove.

The works will include:

  • Overnight closures of M27 between junction 11 and Portsbridge Roundabout
  • Overnight closures of Cosham Link at junction 12 (from A27 Southampton Road junction to the M27)
  • Overnight lane closures on the M27 westbound carriageway
  • Overnight temporary traffic lights along Southampton Road
  • Daytime lane closures with 40mph speed limit on Cosham Link at junction 12
  • Occasional full weekend closures of the Cosham Link at junction 12

M27 Hamble Bridge (junctions 8-9) Motorway reduced to two lanes on westbound carriageway during the day for sheet piling works

24 Oct - 26 Oct

31 Oct - 2 Nov

7 Nov - 9 Nov

All works are weather dependent. Please follow Highways England South East on Facebook for further updates.

Right To Rent Legislative Changes

Right to Rent Scheme Update

Changes have been made to the Right to Rent Scheme, to make it easier for landlords and letting agents to carry out checks and simpler for individuals to prove their right to rent. These changes will come into force on 2 November. The Right to Rent Scheme is currently in force in England only.

The changes enable landlords and letting agents to use a new Home Office online checking service, available from 25 November, on GOV.UK, to undertake right to rent checks. Furthermore, the list of documents a landlord or letting agent can accept as proof of right to rent has been updated to include a short UK birth and adoption certificate and documents issued to non-EEA family members under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The legislation and Code of Practice have been updated in line with guidance published in July 2019 for visitor nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA (known as B5JSSK nationals). Since May 2019, B5JSSK nationals have been able to use their passport and evidence of arrival in the UK within the preceding six months (physical or electronic copy of ticket or boarding pass) to evidence their right to rent.

Further information can be found on Landlords: immigration right to rent checks on GOV.UK.

A factsheet detailing the legislative changes can be found here

A Q&A document can be found here

You can sign up to receive updates about the Right to Rent Scheme on GOV.UK.

Finally, queries about the Right to Rent Scheme can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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