New sea walls for Hayling Island

Devida Bushrod (front) with (l-r) Maddy Bushrod (13),  Devida's husband Jason, Mark Loudon (nine), mum Sarah Loudon, Ruth Loudon (10), and Angela Kerfoot. Picture Ian Hargreaves  (171556-1)

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MORE than 200 homes on Hayling Island are set to get new sea defences.

The Environment Agency is planning to rebuild more than 750ft of sea wall at Cockle Point, off Marine Walk.

The project will improve flood defences for 209 homes in the area.

The agency has submitted a planning application to Havant Borough Council and says this section of seawall is in need of urgent repair, as much of it has been damaged by erosion.

Richard Hull, project team manager, said: ‘The project will reconstruct a stretch of the sea wall, replacing damaged concrete and enhancing the existing defences using rock filled wire baskets. The footpath will also be reinstated to make sure that it is safe. The work is out to tender and we should be in a position to start work in the autumn.’