The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) has been given the go-ahead for a new £5million coastal defence scheme at Eastoke Point which will in combination with other beach management activities provide vital protection against flooding to 1743 Hayling Island properties.
The ESCP team have also successfully secured £1.3 million from the Environment Agency to implement a Beach Management Plan (BMP) along the rest of the Hayling Island frontage. This will involve the continuation of the annual recycling of sediment along the beach in order to ensure it provides adequate protection against flooding.
The new coastal defence scheme at Eastoke Point on Hayling Island in Hampshire has taken over two years to develop and is due to start in May 2013
The work includes;
- Construction of a 650 metre rock revetment, stretching eastwards from Nutbourne Road and Bosemere Road, around Sandy Point nature reserve, to join the existing revetment at Eastoke Point.
- Raising the level of the beach in front of the new rock structures using over 35,000 tonnes of new imported beach material.
- Replacement of four dilapidated timber groynes with more effective rock groynes.
- Refurbishment of the concrete wall at the back of the promenade which prevents the sea from running over the top of the beach during storms; including a new surface coating that will significantly extend the walls life.
- Improvements to access points adjacent to the promenade.
In late October 2012 the ESCP team presented the plans for Eastoke and the Beach Management Plan to the Environment Agency, responsible for Strategic Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) in England and Wales, and successfully gained 100% of the funding required to deliver the much needed defences.
Andy Gilham, Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Manager for the Solent and South Downs Area, said ‘We are pleased to be funding these important projects and will continue to work closely with the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership to help reduce the risk of coastal flooding to the local community.’
Completion of the works along with other beach management activities will provide protection to important habitats within the Sandy Point nature reserve . It will also provide a 1 in 200 year standard of flood protection to the houses behind.
Havant Borough Councillor David Guest, Portfolio Holder for Planning and the Built Environment , said “The ESCP team have worked extremely hard to secure this funding in such times of austerity. Delivering the new sea defences will not only improve the standard of protection against coastal flooding and erosion but will also secure a safer standard of living for the community here for many years to come.’
Local residents directly affected by the works will be contacted in early 2013 with details of the implementation programme. Local information boards will provide further details once the construction works commence.
Havant Borough Councillor John Smith, Hayling East, said “The coastal defence scheme at Eastoke Point demonstrates just how committed Havant Borough Council are when it comes to protecting the residents of South Hayling. Combining the new defences with the beach management plan and annual recycling operations will provide a much better standard of protection against flooding and erosion for the local community. I would also like to add my congratulations to the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership for all of their hard work in obtaining these grants alongside fierce national competition.”