Flooding strategy will protect Fareham and Gosport homes for 100 years

(l-r) Pete Durnell, Hampshire County Council's south sites manager, Richard Levett, the council's senior ranger for Titchfield Haven and Cllr Michael Ford of .''Picture: Sarah Standing (142692-8724)
(l-r) Pete Durnell, Hampshire County Council's south sites manager, Richard Levett, the council's senior ranger for Titchfield Haven and Cllr Michael Ford of .''Picture: Sarah Standing (142692-8724)
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HUNDREDS of residents have taken the time to visit a round of public consultations to find out what areas are likely to be protected from future flooding.

The consultation is being held by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP), on behalf of Fareham and Gosport borough councils, and will decide how buildings worth £92m will be protected against flooding for the next 100 years.

The last public consultation was held yesterday at Warsash Sailing Club, in Shore Road, although the consultation will continue online and for comments until December 1.

Mark Stratton, from the ESCP, said: ‘One of the main aims of the consultation is to raise residents’ awareness of the flood risks in their areas and to make it clear if there is a risk.

‘A lot of people have been really interested in what we are doing now, as well as our plans for the future.’

The ESCP has devised a strategy which covers a 36-mile stretch of coastline between Portchester Castle and Burridge on the east bank of the River Hamble.

A major part of this coastline runs past Titchfield Haven and Titchfield Haven’s senior ranger Richard Levett was at the consultation to see if rangers’ views had been taken on board.

Mr Levett said: ‘There is a huge cross-section of people that is likely to be affected by this, in our case it is as conservation and recreation land stakeholders.

‘The consultation is about finding out from everybody what their views are and from what I have seen of the documents, it is on the right lines and we are supportive of it.’

Vic Styles, of Campion Close, Warsash, went to the exhibition on behalf of Warsash Residents’ Association.

His wife Lorraine was also interested in the exhibition as she takes part in the Fareham Walking For Health Scheme, which regularly walks along the coast.

Mr Styles said: ‘It was a good display and the boards were very informative, breaking down how it affects each individual area.

‘Warsash, especially near to the Rising Sun, and up to the River Hamble, is often affected by flooding. We have taken walks up there and couldn’t get through.

‘The work needs to be done and it is good they are looking ahead.’