Flood defences may take decades to be delivered

Flooding in Titchfield in January
Flooding in Titchfield in January

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PROPOSALS put forward for flood defences between north Portsmouth and the River Hamble have been supported by councillors in Fareham.

But the length of time it could take to secure funding and deliver the schemes has been criticised.

Proposals put together by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership were presented to Fareham Borough Council’s planning and development policy review panel last night.

The coast has been divided into five areas, from north Portsmouth, all the way along to the River Hamble.

Time scales to deliver the defences has been prioritised by how many homes will be affected by flooding, the cost, and the severity expected within the next 100 years.

Dr Charles Lewis, who lives in Cador Drive in Portchester, was at the meeting.

The area he lives in is classed as a low-priority until 2030, compared to coastal areas of Gosport.

After the meeting, he said: ‘The presentation gave clear details for the area I live in. For residents in the Cador Drive area, there is disappointment that we are in a category that says we will have to wait until 2030 until the flood defences will be built, if there is enough government funding.

‘The flood risk to us is said to be relatively low compared to other areas but it is still a long time to wait.

‘I have lived in the area for the last eight years. The homes were self-built about 20 years ago and there were discussions with the local authorities over flood defences back then.’

During the meeting, Portchester West representative, Councillor Nick Walker, said there are already concerns about protecting properties from flooding and erosion.

‘I am concerned there is already erosion in Cador Drive,’ he said. ‘I think people living there are going to be beyond worrying by 2030.

‘I don’t see anything that does anything physical on this plan. I just want to see something being done.’

Mark Stratton, coastal project engineer, presenting the case for a sea defences management strategy, said the proposal has been put together as a way of determining which areas are in most need.

Areas in Gosport including Forton Lake, Seafield and Fareham Lower Quay are named as in the most urgent need for flood defences.

The first display of the proposals can be seen at Ferneham Hall in on September 9 between 1pm and 7pm, or visit escp.org.uk.