Over the next fortnight, the North Portsea Island Coastal Defence Scheme will reach two major milestones.
The first of these is the re-opening of the coastal path at the Tipner Lake site between the Mountbatten Centre and Horsea Lane allotments at the beginning of November, with landscaping continuing for the next few weeks. This means that pedestrians and cyclists will be able to access the route in this area and enjoy the features that have been added, such as places to sit and new viewpoints across the lake.
Secondly, the team behind the scheme will be holding a series of public events to provide further information on the next phase of the project which covers Kendall’s Wharf and Eastern Road. The full length of the frontage is 2.4km and it will see the replacement of the current defences, which are at the end of their serviceable life, with new ones that will provide one of the highest standards of protection in the country from major flood events. They have also been designed to take into account predicted sea level rises, offering protection for the next 100 years.
Events will be held at:
- Monday 5 November, 13.00-17.30: Anchorage Park Community Centre, Sywell Crescent
- Wednesday 7 November, 13.00-19.00: Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre, Eastern Road
- Thursday 8 November, 13.00-19.00: Innlodge, Burrfields Road
In conjunction with the construction of the new coastal defences, extensive landscaping work will take place to enhance the area and develop this much-loved coastline with new access points, a public path, and seating areas provided along the coastline.
Cllr Dave Ashmore, cabinet member for environment and community safety at Portsmouth City Council said: "It's fantastic to see the progress that is being made on the North Portsea Island scheme. I recently took a tour of the Tipner Lake site and was impressed with the new landscaping features and the quality of the work that's been carried out. I'd urge anyone with an interest to pop along to the information events to find out more about the next phase of the project, and ask any questions you may have about the overall scheme."
Portsmouth City Council, working with the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership gained approval for £58.5 million of funding from central government to build new coastal defences around the north of Portsea Island, which when complete will help to protect 4,200 homes, 500 businesses, and critical infrastructure including the Eastern Road from coastal flooding.
The scheme has been split into five phases, with phases 1 (Anchorage Park) and 2 (Milton Common) already complete. Phase 3 (Tipner Lake) is due for full completion in late summer 2019. This will be followed by Phase 4 (Kendall's Wharf & Eastern Road) and Phase 5 (Ports Creek).