A HUGE flood protection scheme to shore up defences around the north of Portsea Island is to start.
It comes after Portsmouth City Council was awarded almost £44m by the Environment Agency.
The funding means work to improve sea defences can start next month.
The scheme will cover a stretch of coast from Tipner, in the west, to Milton Common, in the east, and will take about 10 years to complete.
The project is designed to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion over the next 100 years.
Councillor Rob New, who oversees environment, said: ‘We’re delighted to receive this money for our sea defence refurbishment. It’s part of our ambitious plans for regeneration and improvements throughout the city.
‘The work will protect thousands of homes and businesses as well as vital road and rail links and is a further commitment to our island city for present and future generations.’
The scheme area has been divided into seven sections and work will be carried out according to priority.
The first section includes Anchorage Park, and covers 1.4km of coast from the Ports Creek Railway Bridge at Hilsea to Kendall’s Wharf near the Eastern Road.
Work on this section will cost £6m.
Initial preparation work at this site, which includes clearing trees and other vegetation, should start next month. Construction is expected to begin this spring and end in autumn.
The design of the defences incorporates ideas from residents, offered during consultation events held last year.
The majority of the defences will consist of a raised earth embankment with rocks in front to protect against erosion.
Footpaths along the coast will be improved as part of the scheme and the area will be planted with species chosen to enhance the local habitat.
The scheme is being carried out by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership on behalf of the council.