Residents welcome Fareham and Gosport coastal plans after suffering from floods

Jane Roberston views consultation documents on display at Hill Head Sailing Club. ''Pictue: Allan Hutchings (142657-416)
Jane Roberston views consultation documents on display at Hill Head Sailing Club. ''Pictue: Allan Hutchings (142657-416)
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RESIDENTS are welcoming plans to tackle coastal flooding after constant bad weather last winter caused Hill Head to flood.

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership was at the Hill Head Sailing Club, in Cliff Road, to give residents and beach hut owners the chance to have their say.

All afternoon, people were invited to see the ESCP’s plans to stop coastal flooding and erosion over the next 100 years.

It is part of a series of sessions around the area that is explaining the flooding problem to people living nearby and explaining what could be done about it. One idea could see shingle moved from Lee-on-the-Solent, where there is an excess, to Hill Head, to help prevent flooding.

Anne Maxwell owns a beach hut and said the weather last winter was horrendous.

‘All the shingle along the beach got pushed up to the huts and it got all inside,’ she said.

‘I had 18 inches of it up against the door so it is vital that these presentations are happening.

‘It is good to have the chance to see what they are planning to do and what differences they hope to make for the future.’

The whole of the beach in Hill Head suffered major flood damage last year due to high tides and Cliff Road and Meon Road became impassable.

Peter Rawlins, from Cuckoo Lane, said he found the plans very interesting. The 71-year-old said: ‘I visit Hill Head beach quite a lot throughout the year but last winter it was awful.

‘The flooding was terrible and you couldn’t walk along the beach or even alongside the road.

‘Something definitely needs to be done and I think it is very good that residents and beach hut owners get the chance to have their say.’

Mark Stratton, project manager of the ESCP, added: ‘In Hill Head there were quite a lot of flooding problems so the plans look to tackle that.

‘We have also got an interactive map so people can see if their house is in a flood area.

‘We just want to make people living in Hill Head more aware of the flooding risks and give them all the information they need about coastal flooding and erosion.’