Stokes Bay promenade in Gosport reopens after Storm Bella damage

DAMAGE done by a storm this week caused a promenade to collapse.

Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 3:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 4:24 pm

The promenade at Stokes Bay in Gosport was dropped in sections after 100mph winds from Storm Bella battered the seafront.

Urgent work from council contractors was required to get the promenade back into a usable condition.

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The promenade at Stokes Bay collapsed due to damage from Storm Bella. Picture: Cllr Mark Hook

Leader of Gosport Borough Council, Cllr Mark Hook, said: ‘With winds measuring over 100mph on boxing day evening, battering our defences and causing so much damage, I want to say a big thank you to my council duty officer, our coastal partners and the contractors who met the following morning.

‘Between them they came up with an emergency action plan to make the area safe, protect the road and to retain the sea wall.’

Cllr Hook thanked contractor GS Building Services, which came to the council’s aid when the promenade dropped by around 30cm due to the damage.

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership is now drawing up an action plan with the council for a permanent solution.

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