Millions awarded for Portsmouth Flood Defences

We have been allocated just under £44m worth of Environment Agency funding towards improving flood defences across the north of Portsea Island, from Tipner through to Milton Common. This means that construction work for the massive flood protection scheme can begin this year.

The new defences will reduce the risk of coastal flooding to over 4,200 homes and 500 businesses, as well as 2 main roads and the only rail link onto the Island, over the next 100 years.

The scheme has strong public support, with 94% of those who provided feedback at recent exhibitions in Anchorage Park stating that they fully support the scheme.

The works are planned to take place over the next 10 years, in 5 stages according to priority.

The new defences will vary at different locations on the coast and will include raised earth embankments, rock slopes to protect from erosion and concrete sea walls. An improved path will run the full length of the completed defences.

Alex Prior, project lead, says “This is an important project which will significantly reduce the risk of flooding to residents. We are looking forward to getting out onsite and building the new defences”.

The scheme is being delivered on behalf of Portsmouth City Council.

Further information on the schemes and updates on the work is available at: