Improvement work on flood defence starts

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WORK to improve Portsmouth’s flood defences is making good progress, according to the local authority.

Portsmouth City Council said it has completed the first phase of preparation work in the north of the city while a bid for funding for work in Southsea is taking shape after a public consultation.

Trees and vegetation have been cleared alongside Ports Creek, near Anchorage Park, so flood defences can be rebuilt.

The work is being carried out by the East Solent Coastal Partnership on behalf of the council and construction is expected to begin next month and continue until autumn.

This work will provide flood protection for residents in the area and is the first phase of a 10-year project to improve sea defences on a stretch of coast from Tipner, in the west, to Milton Common, in the east.

Earlier this year the Environment Agency awarded £44m funding to the scheme and the council is preparing a bid for a similar amount to fund work in the south.

Councillor Rob New, in charge of environment, said: ‘I’m delighted we are moving along at such speed with these flagship projects for the city.

‘This work is about safeguarding homes, businesses and the fantastic coastal environment we all enjoy.’