Building the Motorway and More Developments
|Published: 17th November 2007 09:48|
By Barry Jenson
I think one the biggest changes to this whole area over the year's has been the building of the M27 which cuts through the Paulsgrove housing estate.
When this was constructed,there was an enourmous conveyor belt running from Portchester hillslopes, through Paulsgrove and was suspended over Allaway Ave,The railway line and over the Southampton Rd.This conveyor belt finished at the position of the IBM main offices. The belt carried the chalk that was dug out of the side of Portsdown hill which formed the motorway cutting above Portchester.
Also,all of the seashore behind and to the left and right of the Harbour Lights Pub has been reclaimed. This used to be a lovely area to walk but now sadly has gone forever along with Housing that was along that stretch of the Southampton Rd. A fair number of large factories that were along the Southampton Rd in Paulsgrove have all gone. There was C&A which had a factory just to the left at the bottom of Racecoarse Lane . This has been gone along time ago.The Racecoarse Snooker Club occupies the top level of this former factory. Smith's Crisps had a factory opposite Mother Kelly's at the bottom of Connaught Lane. There is housing on this site now. And over the last few years, the Johnson&Johnson factory has been demolished to make way for new industrial businesses. The huge area that was once the Paulsgrove foreshore,has now been turned into A Tesco superstore with also alot of other small businesses, most being of the legal profession.
Horsea Island has also changed from being a school for Naval Firefighters to a place from which you can become a scuba diver and i believe they also teach wind surfing. It is still in the hand's of the Navy but i believe they do allow outside club' to use the facility? Perhap's i am wrong.When I was a lad, I can recall there being a lot of radio antenna's all over the Island. I am almost sure this was on Horsea Island.