Coastal project to reduce flooding is finalised

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A £5m coastal defence project designed to reduce flood risk to more than 1,700 Hayling Island homes has been successfully completed.

Heavy construction machinery has been working on the beach at Eastoke Point, Hayling Island, for the past six months to build the new scheme which involved shifting tons of shingle and placing huge rocks on the beach for protection.

The beach, which had been closed for the majority of the summer, is now fully open to the public following the works.

The scheme, designed by coastal engineers at the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, has seen 70,000 tonnes of rock from Norway placed on the beach.

As part of this scheme, access has been improved by a new ramp and steps at Nutbourne Road and Bosmere Road which will allow people to get to the promenade all year-round.

Project manager Marc Bryan said: ‘As with all large construction projects, there have been many challenges along the way, but the finished scheme is one the local community can be proud of.

‘We have been able to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion while improving access and the amenity value of this important coastal area.’

Contractors Raymond Brown Construction Ltd completed the works within the original six-month period, allowed for construction and on budget with the final cost just under £5.1m.

The new scheme, which is designed to reduce flood risk against a one in 200-year flood event, has already been tested during the recent storms.

The defences performed well and no coastal flooding was experienced.

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