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Press Release

31 October, 2014

Fareham and Gosport Coastal Strategy Seeks Local Views

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, on behalf of Fareham and Gosport Borough Council, are developing a coastal management Strategy from the River Hamble to Portchester. The Strategy sets out the preferred coastal management approaches designed to help reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to people and properties in the local area over the next 100 years.

The ESCP would like to thank everyone who attended and shared their valued opinions with them at the four public consultation events in September. Nearly 400 people attended the drop-in events held at Ferneham Hall, Gosport Discovery Centre, Hill Head Sailing Club and Warsash Sailing Club, representing a wide spread of communities across the Strategy area.

Cllr Keith Evans, the Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Development at Fareham Borough Council said ' There has been a great deal of interest in what the Strategy is proposing and we are very pleased with the level of interest we have seen from the public so far. Getting people involved at the right time not only helps shape future plans but also raises the profile of flooding in communities who might not already be aware of the risks.'

Cllr Ingeborg Forder, Coastal representative at Gosport Borough Council said 'There was a great turn out at the public exhibition events which have proven to be a real success. The majority of people who attended have already fed back positive comments on the professionalism of the officers attending the events and the clarity of the information presented'.

The Strategy proposals are still available for comment via the Strategy online questionnaire. Please visit for more information. The closing date for comments is 1st December 2014. Why not help to shape the future of your coastline and share your views today.


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ESCP – (Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership) is a partnership between Havant Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council, Gosport Borough Council and Fareham Borough Council. The partnership has combined coastal engineers from each authority into one team to manage the 162km of coastline across the Solent.


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


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