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Sea change for Southsea

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Portsmouth's Southsea Coastal Scheme is set to get underway on 7th September with the construction of coastal defences beginning between Long Curtain Moat and Clarence Pier.

The first of six phases in the Portsmouth City Council-led project comes after more than seven years of planning and public consultation.

Works will include the demolition of the existing seawall and the construction of a compound area with a public information office.

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Charles Dickens' Birthplace to reopen for private viewings

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Charles Dickens' Birthplace is set to reopen for private viewings from September for the cost of a normal admission ticket.

The small rooms in the Portsmouth City Council run museum make social distancing difficult so it is being opened for groups from the same household or support bubble, with no other visitors there at the same time.

Private viewings give visitors an hour slot to explore the museum and must be booked in advance. Initially these are available on the 5th, 18th and 19th September and 9th and 11th October.

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Pilot scheme to help shoppers Go Local online

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Local My Stores logo landShops in Fratton, North End, Albert Road and Southsea shopping areas are being invited to take part in a trial of a new shopping app, which was developed to help people to shop locally and safely online.

'Local My Stores' is a new app which brings local high street shops to customers phones so they can shop, pay and then either click and collect at a convenient time or request a delivery.

The pilot is being supported by Shaping Portsmouth, as part of the Portsmouth City Council 'Go local' project they are leading to help high street businesses in four areas to operate safely and profitably and to help residents return confidently.

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Solent coastal habitats provide crucial environmental benefits

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The Solent’s coastal habitats provide the equivalent of over £1.1 billion in environmental benefits every year, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

Excessive nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) are a global aquatic environmental problem and often cause large-scale algal blooms in the Solent. Similarly, global increases in carbon dioxide (CO2) and its strong influence on climate change, have led to marine ecosystems storing significant amounts of CO2 (often referred to as blue carbon) through accumulation in vegetation and burial in sediments, known as ‘sequestering’.

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