Calls for action after chunks of promenade at Hill Head fall away into the sea

Damage to the promenade at Hill Head
Damage to the promenade at Hill Head
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PARTS of a promenade have crumbled into the sea prompting calls for work worth £400,000 to be carried out urgently.

The stretch of concrete path at Hill Head has been deteriorating over the past year, with large chunks dropping away and into the sea.

Damage to the Hill Head promenade

Damage to the Hill Head promenade

Councillor Chris Wood, who represents Crofton on Hampshire County Council and Stubbington on Fareham Borough Council, called for the work to be carried out by Fareham council as a priority before the situation gets any worse.

He said: ‘It has not been maintained properly for years which is why it is in such a state.

‘It’s in a dangerous condition and it needs serious investment to repair it so that it has a future. We don’t want to see any erosion in that area.’

The promenade was closed on Tuesday by the council, which is working with the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, to find a solution.

However walkers have been ignoring the barriers and pushing past on to the dangerous walkway.

Hill Head ward councillor Arthur Mandry warned of the dangers of ignoring the barriers and said repair work was estimated to cost £400,000, which was the reason for delays.

Cllr Mandry said: ‘It is a lot of work as it is a long stretch. It cannot stay as it is now, it is dangerous.’

He said that a plan has been drafted, but it is yet to be put into place as funding needs to be found.

‘There have been numerous repairs over the years,’ he said.

‘But the support in front of the beach huts is not fit for purpose.

‘When the sea is rough, it gets in and behind and scours out all the shingle which acts as a base and it causes the concrete to drop.

‘There’s a plan in place but it will cost £400,000 to do the whole length so it is a case of finding the budget.

‘But it is an important part of Fareham and we do want to see it maintained.’

Work on a temporary fix is due to start on Monday.