Urgent repair work to stabilise the failed defences at Hill Head and allow the promenade to reopen continues to make good progress.
The progress onsite includes the following activities:
A temporary wall has been formed in front of the damaged seawall using concrete bags. Holes in the wall have been plugged along a 20 metre section.Week commencing the 18th of January a concrete pump will be established on Cliff Road, blocking off one lane of traffic, with a stop/go system in place. This operation will last several hours and is to enable approximately 30 tonnes of concrete to be pumped down into the promenade to secure the structure.
To the east of the timber groyne the overhanging concrete has been pulled down and used to shelter undermined seawall. Steel sheets will be installed into the beach to close off this hole which will be infilled with concrete to support the promenade. The concrete debris on the beach will then be removed from site.
Final remedial works and minor repairs will be undertaken for the remainder of the week.
The footpath diversion remains in place. The plan is to re-open the promenade week commencing the 25th January 2016. The seawall will remain under close supervision through the winter period, as the structure is at the end of its design life and prone to further storm damage.
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.
Fareham Borough Council are embarking on finding a permanent solution and 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.
For Further Information Contact:
Jan Lasnon, PR & Marketing Manager, tel: 01329 824302
fax: 01329 821518, e-mail: email@example.com
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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