Greg Clark, the minister for Cities says the new city deal for Portsmouth and Southampton "will maximise the economic strengths of these two coastal cities and the wider Solent area, by supporting further growth in the area’s maritime, marine and advanced manufacturing sectors."
Mr Clark said he had been in negotiations in recent months with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council and other local authorities, before the deal came to fruition.
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Another cold and frosty night lies ahead, but the winter sunshine prevails for Friday.
Staying cold and frosty with plenty of winter sunshine.
Plenty of sunshine for some, but a little more cloud in the east and feeling cold