New coastal defences along the north of Portsea Island are now complete!
They cover the coastline of Anchorage Park and the top part of Eastern Road and provide one of the highest standards of flood protection in the country outside of London. The defences are designed to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to the area over the next 100 years.
The first stage of the work went from Ports Creek Railway Bridge to Eastern Road bridge. This included construction of earth embankments and a sloping rock revetment to provide the homes behind with coastal flood and erosion risk management. These works were successfully completed and the area opened in 2015.
After a pause in construction for the overwintering bird season, work resumed in April 2016 for the stretch of coast between Eastern Road bridge and Kendall’s Wharf. This construction work was successfully completed in October 2016 and the area is now open for the community to use.
Extensive landscaping work has been carried out to enhance the area around the new defences. The new embankments have been seeded with a mixture of coastal wildflower seed mix and meadow seed mix, creating a pleasant environment. Hedgerow screens and new trees will be planted this November along the embankments and through the linear park at Anchorage Park.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for your patience and support throughout the work. We hope you will really enjoy the new defences and the benefits they bring.
For more detail about the new coastal defences, and to find out how the project came to life, please take a look at the Summary Booklet saved under the 'related documents' tab on the left-hand menu of this page. You can see a visual summary of public feedback on the scheme, received at 2 exhibitions in January 2015 by clicking here. Why not also take a look at the animation below, which shows what the new defences look like.
These new defences are the first stage of the multi-million pound Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risk Management scheme being developed across the north of Portsea Island, from Mountbatten Centre round to Milton Common. The whole project will reduce the risk of flooding and erosion from the sea to 4,200 homes, 500 businesses and critical infrastructure including the Eastern Road over the next 100 years.
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