Work to improve Southsea’s flood barrier delayed due to weather in Cornwall

From left - Guy Mason with Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones  and Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership manager Lyall Cairns.''Picture: Malcolm Wells (151228-4362)
From left - Guy Mason with Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones and Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership manager Lyall Cairns.''Picture: Malcolm Wells (151228-4362)
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The delivery of materials to strengthen Southsea sea defences has been delayed – because of bad weather in Cornwall.

Conditions in Falmouth meant rocks due to be used to prop up the sea wall behind The Pyramids Centre could not be loaded onto a boat and brought over at the weekend.

The delivery is now on its way to Portsmouth and expected to arrive tomorrow afternoon, 24 hours later than scheduled.

But Portsmouth City Council says the delay is not a concern for the project, as weather in Portsmouth has improved and tides are at a lower level.

Councillor Rob New, Tory cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: ‘Unfortunately weather conditions in Cornwall have delayed delivery of our materials.

‘There is nothing we can do about this but thankfully it isn’t a problem as in Portsmouth weather has improved and there will be lower tide levels today. The delay actually means we have an opportunity to do further preparation work ahead of the rocks arriving so should be in a better position overall.’

Tory council leader Donna Jones has already warned the esplanade in front of the 100m section of sea wall battered by poor weather over Christmas may not re-open for at least another two to three weeks.

Waves pouring over the top of the sea wall got into the foundations, causing concrete to expand and gaping holes to appear in the esplanade and flood barrier.