Coastal defence deal saves £175,000 for four Hampshire councils

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FOUR authorities have signed a deal to combine their coastal defence departments.

Councils in Havant, Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham have formed the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, protecting around 100 miles of shoreline. It comes as more than 40,000 properties within the partnership area have been identified at risk of both flood and erosion over the next 100 years.

The joint working is saving £175,000 over the next year across the authorities.

Manager of Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership Lyall Cairns said: ‘The team has identified that the key to its success is the need for a change in culture by being more open with discussion and developing a trusting relationship.

‘In particular the team culture has moved to a “one team” approach which is demonstrated by tasks being allocated to the appropriate officer with the necessary skill sets to deliver the outcome regardless of the employing authority.’