Sea wall is left unrepaired for past 18 months

The sea wall at Haslar
The sea wall at Haslar
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A FISHERMAN has called for action to be taken to repair a sea wall damaged 18 months ago.

Andrew Stretton, of Lee-on-the-Solent, used to fish regularly near the Haslar Sea Wall, in Gosport.

But in the autumn of 2013, bad weather damaged the wall and the area was sealed off.

Mr Stretton, 45, has written to Gosport Borough Council asking it to repair the wall or say what it plans to do next – yet has had no response.

But Councillor Mark Hook, council leader, told The News there is nothing the authority can do as it does not own the land.

It is instead the responsibility of Our Enterprise, the company behind the redevelopment of Haslar.

Mr Stretton said: ‘Along Haslar sea wall used to be a popular place for people walking their dogs or people going fishing.

‘When the weather was nice, people would walk along there too. I used to go there quite a lot and I enjoyed it.

‘But after all the bad weather we had last winter, the wall fell into disrepair. Barriers have been put up blocking it off but nothing more has happened since.

‘I have written to the council and even gone into the offices, but no-one seems to know what is happening with it.’

He said the temporary barriers were put up about a week after the bad weather but nothing more has been done. It used to be a well-used area and it would be nice to see it back open.’

Cllr Hook said: ‘While I have every sympathy for the fisherman and his concerns, it’s a private company that owns that site and it is nothing to do with the council. Unfortunately, the council cannot be responsible for every piece of land in the borough. We don’t have a bottomless pit, and certainly wouldn’t be spending money on something that does not belong to us.’

A spokesperson for Our Enterprise was unavailable for comment.