Albert Road Traders Association [ARTA] was reformed in 2001 as a Not For Profit organisation operating 365 days a year on behalf of traders and residents. The reformation was created to: – work with other agencies to develop and encourage new and exciting projects and to facilitate creativity, growth, progress and success in the regeneration process in our area. The association holds bi monthly meetings for the membership and weekly committee meetings to exchange information and put forward ideas/proposals in respect of Albert Road and the surrounding streets. We share this information with our partners including Portsmouth City Council and the police through our minutes as part of the process to understand our needs.
Albert Road is a unique shopping area and it’s linear mile sits in the heart of Southsea. It is made up of 180 independent traders with quirky retro boutiques, antique shops, a theatre, a music venue, hair and tattoo salon’s, 2 schools and 2 faith churches, a community centre, post office, travel agent and a passport and visa office, oh and of course the usual watering holes.
The area as a whole supports a demographic variable ethnicity, and as such it is noted for its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
An eccentric cluster of Antiques, Decorative Arts, Vintage and Retro shops can be found in the heart of Southsea’s theatre land at the west end of Albert Road.