The Environment Agency (EA) wants to hear residents’ views on major new plans to protect hundreds of homes between Emsworth and East Head in West Wittering from flooding.
The aim is to strengthen the coastline where needed at Thorney Island, Southbourne, Nutbourne, Chidham, Bosham, Fishbourne, Birdham and West Itchenor.
The EA is now looking in more detail at this generally low-lying area which includes substantial areas of farmland on reclaimed intertidal marshes. (more…)
July 13, 2011
July 20, 2010
Running along the southern edge of the Isle of Wight’s downs, Military Road overlooks the stunning emerald sweep of Brighstone Bay.
Thousands of visitors each year glimpse the breathtaking view of the white chalk cliffs, towering out of the sea along the coast to Freshwater.
But the elements are now taking their toll as coastal erosion threatens long stretches of the road.
Campaigners now want the picturesque route saved. (more…)
June 8, 2010
The Hon Ralph Montagu says people living on privately owned sections of foreshore could be denied the right to defend their homes from the sea.
Coastal erosion is posing a threat to about 70 homes between Calshot and Lymington, including a beach house owned by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. (more…)
March 11, 2010
PARTS of our coastline could be allowed to flood in the future as the government struggles to fund sea defences along the Solent coastline.
A drive along the A27 in a few decades’ time might see a wildly different scene to the one we see today – with the tide covering parts of beauty spots such as Farlington Marshes, and Hayling Island being a smaller land mass.
It comes as a major consultation began last month on how the Solent coastline will be defended over the next 100 years. (more…)
January 15, 2010
Houses on stilts, floating communities and returning urban areas to saltmarsh should all be considered as part of radical approaches to tackling the threat posed to coastal cities by flooding, a report suggested today.
The study by the Royal Institute of British Architects’ think tank Building Futures and the Institution of Civil Engineers warned that the UK’s 12,000km (7,500 miles) of coastline would be increasingly at risk of floods.
Rising sea levels, sinking landmass in the south and increased storminess will all put coastal towns and cities at risk, and planners will need to decide how to tackle the threat.
At-risk areas could cope with the risk of flooding by retreating inland and allowing water to flood parts of the city, defending urban sites in innovative ways or “attacking” the problem, for example by building out into the water. (more…)
January 11, 2010
Low-lying coastal areas could get no investment in their sea defences as the government draws up a 100-year plan to ‘prioritise’ flood protection.
The Environment Agency is set to release a blueprint next month for how a 240 mile stretch of coastline along the Solent will be protected over the next century.
The proposals, from Hurst Spit in the west to Selsey Bill in the east, will detail how much funding is likely to be given to different sections of coastline. (more…)
February 10, 2009
PLANS to protect hundreds of low-lying homes and two schools from flooding have been delayed because of a lack of cash – just days after the Islander revealed them publicly.
The Environment Agency wants to fork out £1.8million to shore up sea defences on Hayling.
But work has been postponed for at least three years because the agency says it doesn’t have the money.
The project was due to begin next year, but will now be delayed until 2012 at the earliest. (more…)
June 11, 2008
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Lymington Harbour have issued a rallying cry to back the installation of multi-million pound breakwaters.
The town’s Harbour Commission has applied for consent to start what would be a major engineering project at the mouth of Lymington River.
Now they are begging the thousands of boat owners who use the renowned yachting area to get behind the sea defence scheme.
Experts say the 12-acre salt marsh which protects the harbour, could disappear in 30 years unless urgent action is taken.
The plan is to create two breakwaters at the mouth of Lymington River to shield the harbour from the full force of the sea’s waves. It would mean a 180m rock construction on one side of the estuary and a 200m equivalent on the other.
Getting the go-ahead for the scheme hinges on gathering mass support and convincing a number of key regulatory bodies that such an undertaking would be beneficial.
Read the full story by Julian Robinson on the This is Hampshire website