Following feedback from local residents and beach hut users, the decision to include a barrier rail on the Hill Head promenade has been endorsed via an independent peer review.
The new barrier rail is required to ensure appropriate levels of public safety. It will be 50 cm (around 20") high and sit on top of a small 60cm (approximately 24") upstand wall, making the total height of the structure just over a metre (3'6") tall.
The new barrier is part of the second phase of works to improve the seawall at Hill Head commenced at the end of June which amount to around £600,000.
Cllr Keith Evans, Executive Member for Planning and Development at Fareham Borough Council, said: "Whilst there has been overwhelming support for the new seawall, the original barrier rail design was not welcomed by some community groups. In response the Council commissioned a peer review of this aspect of the design to test the requirement for the barrier wall. The ensuing report agrees that a barrier rail should be implemented.
"The works being undertaken at Hill Head will secure the long-term future of the sea defences on the coastline, helping to protect both the beach huts and the promenade."
The peer review is available to view on the Council's website at www.fareham.gov.uk/leisure/hillheadpromenade.aspx.
All works at Hill Head should be complete by the end of September 2017. Once complete, the total investment for phases one and two of the improvements will be in the region of £1,000,000.
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