The ambition is to create new defences that embrace everything we all love about the seafront, from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. The work will transform the seafront for future generations, while protecting homes and the heritage that is so important to the people of Portsmouth. It also aims to stimulate further regeneration in Southsea and create a more vibrant place for businesses, visitors and residents.
A series of public events about the scheme has been announced by Portsmouth City Council for the public to find out why this work needs to be carried out and see the research that has been undertaken which has led to the outline concept for the defences. There will also be some initial sketches of design ideas, and residents will have a chance to give their feedback. These events will be followed by consultation events on the full design proposals in early 2018.
Cllr Robert New, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety said: "With designers now on board and beginning their work, we think that this is an ideal opportunity to invite residents to come and meet the team who will be delivering these vital new defences, which will protect over 8000 homes from future flood events. They'll also be able to discuss their aspirations for the seafront, which will help shape the proposed designs."
The Southsea Coastal Scheme is a Portsmouth City Council project being delivered through the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, with funding from the Environment Agency. A specialist team has been selected to design the scheme. This team is led by Balfour Beatty supported by Arup and Ramboll. This integrated team is focused on the future success and resilience of Southsea seafront, and is working closely with Portsmouth City Council and the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership to protect and enhance its unique character.
To keep up to date with future developments, please visit https://southseacoastalscheme.org.uk/.