Over the next fortnight, the North Portsea Island Coastal Defence Scheme will reach two major milestones.
The first of these is the re-opening of the coastal path at the Tipner Lake site between the Mountbatten Centre and Horsea Lane allotments at the beginning of November, with landscaping continuing for the next few weeks. This means that pedestrians and cyclists will be able to access the route in this area and enjoy the features that have been added, such as places to sit and new viewpoints across the lake.
Secondly, the team behind the scheme will be holding a series of public events to provide further information on the next phase of the project which covers Kendall’s Wharf and Eastern Road. The full length of the frontage is 2.4km and it will see the replacement of the current defences, which are at the end of their serviceable life, with new ones that will provide one of the highest standards of protection in the country from major flood events. They have also been designed to take into account predicted sea level rises, offering protection for the next 100 years.
Events will be held at:
- Monday 5 November, 13.00-17.30: Anchorage Park Community Centre, Sywell Crescent
- Wednesday 7 November, 13.00-19.00: Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre, Eastern Road
- Thursday 8 November, 13.00-19.00: Innlodge, Burrfields Road
In conjunction with the construction of the new coastal defences, extensive landscaping work will take place to enhance the area and develop this much-loved coastline with new access points, a public path, and seating areas provided along the coastline.
Portsmouth City Council, working with the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) gained approval for £58.5 million of funding from central government back in 2014 to build new coastal defences around the north of Portsea Island. When complete, it will help to protect 4,200 homes, 500 businesses, and critical infrastructure including the Eastern Road from coastal flooding.
The scheme has been split into five phases, with phases 1 (Anchorage Park) and 2 (Milton Common) already complete. The northern section of Phase 3 (Tipner Lake) site, running from Horsea Lane Allotments to Hilsea Lido is due to open in late summer 2019. Until then, cyclists and pedestrians will be diverted at the end of the southern section to Northern Parade whilst construction work continues. Hilsea Lido, Blue Lagoon, South Coast Wakepark and the children’s playground remain open as usual.
This will be followed by Phase 4 (Kendall's Wharf & Eastern Road) and Phase 5 (Ports Creek), with the full scheme due for completion in 2024/25. More information is available on the ESCP website.