Flood defence designs for Portsmouth

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MORE than 4,000 homes in the north of Portsea Island are at risk unless flood defence work is carried out.

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership has identified the area from Tipner to Milton as vulnerable if extreme flooding was to hit.

Work will begin next year on the area’s flood defences but the public’s help is needed to shape what the defences are going to look like.

There will be a series of events around the city where people can look at potential designs for the protection.

Lyall Cairns, the coastal defence partnership manager, said: ‘There are in excess of 4,000 properties at risk around north Portsea over the next 100 years and this is our opportunity to develop the next generation of coastal defences to reduce the risk of flooding to people and property.

‘We also see this as an opportunity to enhance the environment and improve the connection with our coastline.’

The work will be carried out over the next 10 to 15 years.

Make your views known at the following events:

· Tomorrow at Anchorage Lodge, Sywell Crescent, Anchorage Park, midday to 6pm.

· Tuesday at Portsmouth Outdoor Centre, Eastern Road, Copnor, midday to 8pm.

· Wednesday, February 26 at Innlodge Hotel, Burrfields Road, Copnor, midday to 8pm.

· Thursday, February 27, Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Twyford Avenue, midday to 8pm.

To find out more go to esco.org.uk or call (023) 9247 4174.