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Starting on the Wednesday 4 July, two new public consultations will be launched which will begin to help shape an exciting future for one of the city's most cherished assets.

The first consultation will be on options for new sea defences along 4.5km of seafront, from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. The Southsea Coastal Scheme team will have lots more sketches and visualisations of their ideas, and they’ll be asking the public for help with some big decisions. These include how some of the seafront roads could be used in the future and how the new defences could look near South Parade Pier. The public also be able to sign-up to future workshops where they can interrogate the emerging designs with the help of experts, who will explain the opportunities and constraints in each area.

Running in parallel will be the beginning of a review of council’s existing seafront masterplan. This strategy is known as a ‘supplementary planning document’, which is intended to guide improvements to this area of the city. Staff from the council’s planning team will be on hand to collect feedback at all of the consultation venues. This approach will ensure that all the opportunities that are created by the construction of the new sea defences can be realised in the future.

Events will be held at:

  • EASTNEY COMMUNITY CENTRE: 4 July, 1pm-7pm
  • CANOE LAKE TENNIS PAVILION: 6 July, 1.30pm- 7.30pm
  • ASPEX GALLERY: 10 July, 1pm-7pm
  • ANCHORAGE PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE: 11 July, 3pm-7pm
  • ST JUDE’S CHURCH, SOUTHSEA: 12 July, 1pm-7pm
  • COSHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE: 16 July, 3pm-7pm
  • ROYAL NAVAL CLUB & ROYAL ALBERT YACHT CLUB: 17 July, 1pm-7pm
  • FRATTON COMMUNITY CENTRE: 20 July,1pm-7pm

Cllr Dave Ashmore, cabinet member for environment and community safety at Portsmouth City Council said “The Southsea Coastal Scheme team have been working hard on a wide range of consultation materials, including 3D visualisations and animations, which should really help residents imagine what the emerging designs could look like on the seafront. Input from the public is vital to the success of this critically important project, which will significantly reduce the risk of flooding for 8000 homes and 700 businesses in Southsea".

Cllr Ben Dowling, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development added: "By starting the review of the existing seafront masterplan at the same time, it means that we will be able to make sure the new sea defences allow us to unlock future opportunities for improvements and regeneration in this area for years to come. The seafront is much loved by residents and is crucial for the city's visitor economy, so it's incredibly important that we get this right".

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