22 December 2015
Hill Head Promenade Update
Fareham Borough Council has taken action to close the promenade at Hill Head following recent serious damage to and deterioration of the sea defences. This area has been under close supervision by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, on behalf of the Council. The Council is sorry for any inconvenience caused; however closing the promenade is essential for public safety.
The latest situation is that the Council's engineers have surveyed the damage and, together with our approved contractor, confirmed works to stabilise the damage.
These are expected to comprise three phases:
- Phase 1 - Following damage to the existing safety barrier, we have erected additional safety fencing to protect the public and beach hut owners from harm over the Christmas period. This will remain in place whilst further works are undertaken on site.
- Phase 2 - Commence works on site early in January 2016 to both prevent any further deterioration of the affected area and enable the promenade to reopen. The damage is however extensive, complicating the repair, and we ask for your patience as we work to reopen the site as soon as possible.
- Phase 3 - It is acknowledged that this section of sea defences has been troublesome for many years, and was significantly repaired in 2005 and 2014. Repairs were also undertaken in 2015. Fundamentally it has reached the end of its working life. The various repairs undertaken by Fareham Borough Council have enabled the promenade to remain open but these (and the latest stabilisation works) cannot the reverse the overall deterioration of the wall.
In 2016 a permanent solution will be found and studies will begin early in January to determine and agree the best way forward to realise the recommended coastal management policy of the River Hamble to Portchester Coastal Strategy.