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Find out more about flood defence plans

3 September 2019


Gosport residents are being invited to exhibitions outlining the next stage of schemes to protect the borough from coastal flooding.


Gosport Borough Council is planning to improve sea defences at three sites: Alverstoke, Seafield and Forton. Once built the three schemes would reduce tidal flood risk to more than 500 Gosport homes until 2070.


The principal designs for Alverstoke and Forton are now complete and planning applications for the schemes are due to be submitted in early 2020. If they are approved, the next stage would be to hire a contractor to do the work.


The proposed Seafield scheme is at an enhanced outline design stage while funding options are considered. A dedicated Seafield public exhibition will follow in 2020 once the scheme reaches the planning stage.


Exhibitions on the Alverstoke scheme are being held at Jubilee Lodge Scout Hut, Park Road, Gosport on Wednesday 11 September, 11am–4pm and Thursday 12 September, 1pm–7pm.


Exhibitions on the Forton scheme are being held at Earl Mountbatten Hall, St Luke’s Road, Gosport on Tuesday 17 September, 11am-4pm, and Wednesday 18 September, 1pm–7pm.


Project staff will be on hand to answer questions.


As well as these exhibitions, a display on all three of the schemes will be on view at the Gosport Discovery Centre on Monday 16 September to Thursday 26 September.


Cllr Piers Bateman, the borough councillor responsible for protection of Gosport’s coastline, said:"These events give residents a great opportunity to find out more about these proposed new defences, which are vital to protect Gosport from flooding. I'd urge people to go along and learn more about what we're planning."


The proposed Alverstoke scheme covers about 100m of coast at the western end of Stoke Lake (between Little Anglesey Road and Clayhall Road).The proposed defences would be a mix of a new flood wall on top of the existing wall and flood gates.


The proposed Forton scheme covers about 200m of coast at the western end of Forton Lake. The proposed work would involve repointing the existing walls, raising the road and installing flood defences at St Vincent's College.


The proposed Seafield scheme covers about 770m of coast between Old Road and Mariners Way. The leading options are to upgrade or encase the existing walls and construct a new wall, or to upgrade or replace the existing sloping defence structure and construct a new wall.


The schemes have been designed to provide flood protection against a storm that has a likelihood of occurring once in every 100 years.


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The exhibitions are being held by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP), formed by Fareham Borough Council, Gosport Borough Council, Havant Borough Council and Portsmouth City Council. The partnership has combined coastal engineers from each authority into one team to manage 162km of coastline across the eastern Solent.

 

The aim of the ESCP is to reduce the risks of coastal flooding and erosion to people, and the developed and natural environments, and to encourage the provision of technically, economically and environmentally sound defence measures to protect more than 40,000 homes and businesses within the area over the next 100 years.