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Portsmouth residents are being invited to find out more about the next phase of the city's coastal defence work at Tipner by attending drop in events this month.

The events will take place from 1pm - 8pm on Thursday 23 February at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth and from 2pm - 8pm on Tuesday 28 February at The Howard Road Community Centre, Howard Road, Portsmouth.

Attendees will be able to meet the project team working on the scheme and see what the completed project will look like prior to the work starting in April 2017. They can also get information on measures being taken to ensure any disruption from the construction work is minimised for the local community.

The new scheme will rebuild the deteriorating sea wall from the Mountbatten Centre, Twyford Avenue to the Ports Creek roundabout.  To reduce the risk of coastal flooding to properties in the area, the wall will be increased in height by up to 1.4 metres in places.  The footpath behind the seawall will also be raised along its length, ensuring top of the wall is no more than 1.2 metres above the path, maintaining the harbour views.  On completion, Tipner Lake coastal path will have a new lease of life, with improved footpath and cycleway surfacing, new seating areas, picnic areas and planting

This work in Tipner will take place in three phases between April and September in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The area will be reopened between these periods. The work will mean the public cycleway and footpath will be closed and diversions will be in place.

Councillor Robert New, cabinet member for environment and community safety at Portsmouth City Council, said: "I would like to thank residents for their continued patience during the ongoing coastal defence work. All construction work is disruptive but it is necessary to protect the city from flooding and erosion in future years. Please come to the public exhibitions to find out more about the next phase of work at Tipner." 

The work is being managed by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) acting in their capacity as Portsmouth City Council’s coastal engineering team. Once completed the overall project will reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to over 4,700 homes and businesses as well as building the critical infrastructure the city will need over the next 100 years.  So far they have successfully completed schemes at both Anchorage Park and Milton Common.

For more information about coastal defences in Portsmouth visit www.escp.org.uk. Alternatively, visit the ESCP on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @EasternsolentCP.