The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, on behalf of Fareham and Gosport Borough Councils, have developed a coastal management Strategy stretching 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 over 2,800 properties in the local area over the next 100 years. The estimated value of the work recommended by the Strategy is in the region of £47 million.
The Strategy was adopted by both Gosport and Fareham Borough Councils in spring 2015 and was approved and signed off by the Environment Agency in April 2016.
A large proportion of the funding required to deliver this aspirational Strategy will have to come from sources other than traditional government funding. There will be a need to think creatively and deliver differently to ensure that the recommendations are implemented for the communities of Gosport and Fareham. The plans outline measures that would prevent over £700 million of damages over the next 100 years if the necessary funding can be sourced.
Cllr Keith Evans, Partnership Joint Board Member, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Environment at Fareham Borough Council said: 'The development of this strategy for the Fareham shoreline has improved of our understanding of coastal flood and erosion risk locally. By being part of a group of co-operating Local Authorities, Fareham has gained access to expertise and government grants. We now have to think creatively about how we secure contributions and funding to ensure that the Strategy's recommendations are delivered.'
Cllr Ingeborg Forder, responsible for Coastal issues at Gosport Borough Council said: 'Seeing this project develop has been an invaluable experience for Gosport Borough Council which has clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of partnership working. I have been very impressed by the professionalism and expertise of the ESCP and their project team and how they have thoroughly engaged with the local community to deliver this sound strategy for the region. Having the Strategy in place now opens up the opportunity to bid for grants and funding for the future protection of our coastline which, if successful, will be hugely beneficial to the residents of Gosport.'
The final documents for the River Hamble to Portchester Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy can be viewed at http://www.escp.org.uk/strategy-documents along with the Post Adoption Statement and Statement of Environmental Particulars.
For more information about the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership please visit www.escp.org.uk . You can also follow the team on Facebook and Twitter @EasternSolentCP.
Service contact: Mark Stratton, Project Manager, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership - 02392 446009
Media contact: Brenda Brooker, Gosport Borough Council - 023 9254 5255
Roy Brown, Fareham Borough Council - 01329 824409