The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) formed an alliance in 2012 to deliver a combined, efficient and comprehensive coastal management service across the coastlines of four Local Authorities: Havant Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council, Gosport Borough Council and Fareham Borough Council.
The innovative initiative was driven forward by a need for coastal management that recognises coastal flooding and erosion risk impacts are not exclusive to Local Authority boundaries.
The overarching vision of the ESCP initiative is to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to people, as well as the developed and natural environment, by encouraging the provision of technically, environmentally and economically sustainable coastal defence and protection measures.
To learn more about the work they undertake, key projects and latest news please visit the new ESCP website www.escp.org.uk.
Coastal defence projects in Portsmouth
Southsea Coastal Scheme
The Southsea Coastal Scheme is responsible for delivering new flood defences along 4.5km of seafront, from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. Their aim is to create new defences that embrace everything we all love about the seafront, whilst reducing the risk of flooding to over 8000 homes and 700 businesses in Southsea for the next century. Find out more on their dedicated website at southseacoastalscheme.org.uk
North Portsea Island Scheme
The North Portsea Island Scheme covers 8.4km of coastline from Tipner through to Milton. Most of the area is low-lying and many of the current coastal defences are approaching the end of their effective lives. The new scheme is designed increase the standard of protection against flooding reducing the risk of coastal flooding to one of the highest in the country, helping to protect 4200 properties and 500 businesses in the area. Find out more at www.escp.org.uk/coastal-schemes/portsmouth/protecting-future-north-portsea-island