What does RAPS do and why should you pay £10 a year for membership? No special discounts at the Boardwalk; not much of a social programme since Covid arrived. But Port Solent is not a holiday camp; people don’t get bored here with nothing to do.
When the first lockdown began RAPS registered with the Hive in Portsmouth and made enquiries about how to assist vulnerable residents. Neighbourhood networks made that call redundant, which is a good sign.
Even without pandemics, life in Port Solent is not always uncomplicated and easy-going. Stuff happens:
Motorway noise barrier: We helped steer Highways England away from their initial plan to erect a concrete wall along Port Way.
Travellers: during the two recent encampments RAPS channelled information to residents about court orders for eviction and listened to complaints. We’re encouraging more effective deterrence without spoiling the view.
Country Park and Lennox Point: meetings with PCC will resume in 2022, although the Council has paused activity on Lennox Point pending a review of the benefits and environmental impact. There is a similar pause on Country Park development while the trees planted in 2019 begin to grow. There is little expectation of seeing a publicly accessible park facility this decade.
Port Solent is a special place, a unique blend of residential, business, hospitality, and entertainment premises, with a waterfront, open spaces and historical surroundings. RAPS is dedicated to looking out for this cherished neighbourhood and will take measures to preserve or enhance its quality of life.
The membership fee enables the RAPS committee to subsidise social events, like the quiz nights, a party during the Christmas season and the occasional outing; it provides a budget for printing the newsletter and other circulars.
The main focus of RAPS business is local planning. A separate page on this website is devote to the Portsmouth Plan.
Since the most important work of RAPS involves regular dialogue with Portsmouth City Council, the larger the RAPS membership, the greater our credibility.
That does seem very good value for £10 per household per year.
Chair Chris Clark
Treasurer. Angela Britton
Website Editor Helen Cronshaw
Membership Secretary Malcolm Cronshaw
Committee Member Tony Hewitt
Committee Member. Fiona Janczur
The health of RAPS is dependent on able people who are prepared to give up some of their time freely to take on specific tasks, such as chairing meetings, managing the accounts, editing the newsletter and website, and organising social events. Expressions of interest are always welcomed for any Committee position and nominations can be put forward either before or at the AGM. The Committee may also, from time to time, need to draw special attention to positions that become vacant and that need to be filled urgently and such vacancies will be posted on this page.