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BOREHOLES are to be drilled around the Fareham coastline as part of research into flood defences.

Work will take place next to Harbour View, Salterns and Birdwood Grove and the Wicor recreation grounds from Monday and is expected to last eight working days, with two to three days at each site.

The research work, which is being paid for by Natural England, will involve a series of small boreholes drilled into the ground in areas of potential risk of coastal erosion over the next 100 years.

Samples from the boreholes as well as from the sediment and water will then be taken for analysis. Small areas of open space will be temporarily fenced off during the works.

Councillor Keith Evans, who is in charge of strategic planning and environment said: ‘This research will help us manage the coastline over the next 100 years, and the results could lead to more funding for coastal protection schemes at these sites.’

The results will be used in creating the River Hamble to Portchester coastal defence strategy.