Two major consultations, one concerning new sea defences and the other on aspirations for the whole seafront will come to a close at the end of the day on Monday 27 August. Both consultations began on the 4th of July and have received much interest from the public, with over 1700 people attending recent exhibition events.

The Southsea Coastal scheme consultation is being held to get opinions on options for new sea defences along 4.5km of seafront, from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. Running alongside is the beginning of a review of the council’s existing seafront masterplan. The masterplan is intended to promote and guide regeneration in this area of the city.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, cabinet member for environment and community safety at Portsmouth City Council said: “We have had over 1000 survey responses for the Southsea Coastal Scheme consultation, with more coming in every day. We’re really keen to get as many replies as possible, so I’d urge people to head to the website, check out the videos and visualisations and have their say. We’ve also got videos running on the Victorious Festival big screen this weekend letting people know about the scheme, which means we can reach even more residents and visitors.”

Cllr Ben Dowling, cabinet member for regeneration added: “The council want to ensure that the opportunities created by the construction of the new sea defences are fully taken advantage of, so by reviewing the seafront masterplan along the same timeline, we can capture the public’s ideas and recommendations.”

If you missed the events, all of the materials for both consultations are available online. For the sea defences consultation, you can find them here. For the seafront masterplan review, you can find them here.