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Clipper 11-12 Race to Come Home to Ocean Village

The end of July 2011 was an exciting time at Ocean Village as it hosted a four-day long festival culminating in the start of the Clipper 11-12 Race. Sunday 31st July was an emotional day for many as the families and friends of the participants gathered to say their farewells as each of the ten yachts set sail and headed over to the Isle of Wight to line up in readiness for the race to begin. You can read our full coverage of the launch event, and see pictures and video, on our dedicated Clipper Race page. It was a great event.

Well it seems that we may yet have more to come!

It has just been announced that Southampton City Council, MDL Marinas (who own and operate Ocean Village) and race organisers Clipper Ventures are preparing for the return of the fleet on Sunday 22nd July 2012 and they have once again chosen Ocean Village to host the event. It could have gone elsewhere and it was by no means certain that it would return to Ocean Village but the whole launch festival clearly impressed the organisers. Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said, “We anticipate another great reception when the fleet returns next July after its year-long circumnavigation. The crews are ordinary people who have done something extraordinary in taking on some of the world’s toughest oceans. They deserve a heroes’ welcome.”

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£25m Ocean Village Hotel Announced

Promontory Hotel Site Plan

Promontory Hotel Site Plan

Harbour Hotels, operator of five hotels along the South Coast, is set to build a brand new £25m hotel and spa in Ocean Village. The 70-bedroom hotel, with an exterior constructed primarily from glass, will provide great views of the marina and offer a champagne roof terrace and a waterside restaurant and bar.

It’s taken a while to get here, but perhaps the hotel is finally going to become a reality? The Ocean Car Park on Ocean Way will forever remain something of a white elephant without a hotel for which to provide car parking. Permission for the hotel on the promontory at Ocean Village, the finger of land which protrudes out into the marina roughly in front of the Harbour Lights Cinema, was first granted back in 2006. Despite various modifications being made to the planning permission in 2008 the hotel was never started, an unfortunate victim of the economic downturn which started at the same time. However, according to Marina Developments Ltd (MDL) who operate and manage the marina, the project was always going to happen at some point as part of their ongoing £70 million re-development of Ocean Village. In January 2011 MDL applied for an extension to the existing planning permission and in May 2011 this extension was granted with a number of conditions. You can read our full coverage of the Ocean Village Hotel on our dedicated web page .

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Policing the Waterfront – December 2011 Update

Hampshire Constabulary logoPolicing for Ocean Village Marina and our neighbourhood is provided by the Southampton City Waterfront Team. City Waterfront is one of three city teams, the others being City Centre and City Polygon, which together make up the larger Central Southampton West Sector.

The current policing priorities for the City Waterfront team are:

  • Reduce anti-social behaviour and street drinkers, particularly in area of Queensway and High Street
  • Street drinkers in the High Street, Oxford Street (associated with night time economy)
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour in alleways and other areas near to the High Street and Canute Road
  • Cycling on pavements in Above Bar, Canute Road and the High Street.

These priorities were set at the PACT (Police and Community Together) priority setting meeting which took place on Wednesday June 15th. The next PACT meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 14th December at the Salvation Army Booth Centre on Oxford Street. This is an opportunity for residents, businesses and the police to discuss the problems that affect us all, and how we can work together to make our community a safer place in which to live and work. If you think there should be other priorities then please go along and share your views.

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