Promenade cash could help combat dangerous drivers in Hill Head

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Fareham Borough Council’s ruling executive has approved a £212,500 scheme to upgrade the Salterns Lane promenade at Hill Head.

The cash will be spent on improving 700 yards of pathway which has seen parts of its timber edging give way and collapse so that path is subsiding onto the beach.

It will see new 4ft-long hardwood piles sunk into the seaward-side of the promenade, which will then have hardwood boards attached to them.

Cllr Connie Hockley, who is in charge of community matters for the council, said: ‘This path is very well used by our residents all year round, but it needs some TLC.

‘Various options have been looked at by our officers to find a long-term solution.’

The cost of the scheme includes £75,000 for reinstatement and £37,500 built in for contingencies.

But Cllr Hockley added: ‘The contingency is quite high because it’s pretty specialised work and until they dig, they are not sure exactly what they will find.

‘If there’s any money left over when the scheme is finished, we would like to have some traffic calming measures put in near there because we regularly have anti-social driving around there.’

The scheme was the most expensive of the four looked at by the members of the executive, but it was favoured in the officer’s report as being the most effective and long-lasting scheme for the future.

Other schemes looked at included Trief kerbs at a cost of £206,000, trench sheets for £180,000 or reclaimed piles and planks for £134,500.

The six members of the executive agreed unanimously to approve the favoured scheme.

Hampshire County Council is also looking at installing a cycle route from Stubbington to Salterns, which would run alongside the promenade for part of the way, but it has yet to set a timetable for its plans.

If the cycle path is in place before the reconstruction, it could help minimise disruption caused by the pathway’s closure.

Repair works will need the walkway to be closed for up to three months and are likely to take place from January 2014.