If you’ve been traveling into Portsmouth recently – or more specifically around Portsea Island – you cannot fail to have noticed the ongoing work on design and development of new sea defences.
While this is well outside our area, the problem of global sea level rise and the rapidly decaying state of sea defences along the British coastline is a significant issue. Our own coastline is potentially at risk from Bedhampton and Southmoor in the west to Langstone and Warblington in the east,
On behalf of Havant Borough Council, the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) will shortly be undertaking ground and structural investigation works around the Langstone seafront to determine the condition of existing defenses. These works will involve undertaking a series of boreholes, trial pits and concrete core samples to collect samples to determine the ground and existing defense structure conditions.
ESCP have invited Havant Civic Society to join their Langstone Stakeholder Working Group to provide input to the requirements and design phases of this important project.
Along with our partners at the Langstone Residents’ Association and other interested local stakeholder groups, we attended a workshop at the Langstone Hotel on September 5th, the first of a series of such meetings to be scheduled throughout the design and delivery projects. There will be a public event in November where ESCP will present their shortlisted design options, and a further public event in June 2019 for residents and businesses to comment on the Outline Design.
Two documents from Wednesday’s workshop may be of interest and can be viewed by taking the following links:
We will keep you posted with news on these events as the program of work continues.