MEMBERS of the public can have their say over which areas will be protected from flooding in a three-month consultation.
Four exhibitions will be held – in Fareham, Gosport, Hill Head and Warsash – by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership so that people can view its plans for the coastline over the next 100 years.
The ESCP is forming a strategy for the next century for the coast from the River Hamble to Portchester on behalf of Fareham and Gosport Borough councils.
It starts a three-month public consultation in September.
Coastal engineer Sarah Ball said: ‘It’s a good opportunity for the community to come and share their views on the future of their coastline.
‘It’s the main opportunity to view the strategy proposal and see what’s being planned and give us feedback which will be taken into account when decisions are made.’
Fareham’s council leader Sean Woodward said the consultation was a chance for people to show which parts of the coastline they feel should be protected.
He said the results of this consultation would ultimately determine where the council spends its money.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘There are a number of different ways in which we deal with land at risk of erosion on the coastline.
‘Either we make a retreat or we defend or whatever is in between the two.
‘There are areas like Solent Breezes in Warsash, which are managed retreat sites where cliffs are crumbling into the sea and land will be lost where there will be no public money spent.
‘Then there are other areas which we will defend strongly like Portchester.’
Public consultations will take place on:
* Tuesday, September 9 in the Octogan Room at Ferneham Hall, Fareham from 1pm until 7pm
* Wednesday, September 10 in the Mezzanine area at Gosport Discovery Centre from 1pm until 7pm
* Thursday, September 11 from 1pm to 7pm in the main room at Hill Head Sailing Club.
* Thursday, September 18 in the main room at Warsash Sailing Club from 1pm until 7pm
A copy of the consultation will be available online from September 1 until November 30. Go to escp.org.uk for more details.