Urgent repair work to stabilise the failed defences at Hill Head and allow the promenade to reopen gets underway today.
The emergency work comprises two main activities:
Further investigations are ongoing with respect to the damaged sheetpiles and rock gabions near Hill Head Sailing Club, and the heavily damaged beach groyne to determine a suitable repair option.
A footpath diversion has been put in place and it is anticipated that the promenade will be open by the end of January; however, updates will be provided on Fareham Borough Council's website and social media pages.
As there are no residential properties at risk, the area is not eligible for grants either from the Government or the Environment Agency. Consequently the cost of the repairs must be met by Fareham Borough Council.
Executive Member for Planning & Development Cllr Keith Evans said: "The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP), acting as an integral part of the Council, have been working closely with us to identify the best way forward for this historically challenging area. I am pleased that a solution, albeit temporary, has been found and work is now underway to stabilise the area. It will soon be business as usual for beach hut owners and residents.
"Looking to the future, we are now embarking on finding a permanent solution. Studies will begin shortly to determine and agree the best way forward to replace these aging defences and realise the recommended coastal management policy of the River Hamble to Portchester Coastal Strategy.
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