Work continues on revamp of Portsmouth’s flood defences

The team passes the Nelson statue in Old Portsmouth. Picture: Keith Woodland (171022-0023)

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THE next phase of Portsmouth’s coastal defence work was set to begin today on the eastern side of Portsea Island.

Plans include 750m of rock to prevent flooding and further erosion of the coastline.

The work will stretch from Great Salterns Quay, near Tangier Road, to the University of Portsmouth’s Langstone Campus, off of Locksway Road.

There will also be new paths along most of the coastline and the area will be replanted with specially selected trees, shrubs, meadow grasses and coastal wildflowers.

Great Salterns Quay will be removed as part of the scheme and returned to its natural mudflat habitat.

The quay is over 50 years old and continuing to deteriorate, meaning it is at the end of its working life.

During the work residents will not be able to use the coastal path in this area however access from Locksway Road to Milton Common is still available through Furze Lane.

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) is delivering the project on behalf of the council and it is expected to be finished in autumn.

It’s the second phase of a 10-year project to improve the city’s flood defences, and follows work around Anchorage Park.