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Why was a 'hold the line' policy for the coastal scheme been adopted, instead of alternatives like 'managed realignment'?

A rigorous process of technical, environmental, social and economic appraisal was undertaken in order to identify the most appropriate approach for coastal defence in the region. Its findings overwhelmingly showed that due to Southsea’s specific characteristics such as its large population density, internationally important heritage, and regionally beneficial economic circumstances the most appropriate course of action is to maintain the coastline in its current position.

How will the new defences affect Southsea’s unique and important heritage?

Any change to the location of the coastline and its defences would require the removal of much of the heritage and seafront attractions that make Southsea the unique place it is. Our policy of maintaining the coastline's current location allows us to protect and secure the location of the important heritage structures. Any monuments or structures that have to be removed during construction will be reinstated in their original positions. If this is not achievable, they will be located as close to their original positions as possible.

How will the new defences affect events held on the common?

It is a key aim of the scheme to preserve the well-loved open space character of the common, maintaining the city’s ability to hold a wide range of important events. Any alternative which used purely soft engineering in this area would require a large structure running through the common which would interrupt its open character and allow erosion of a large part of it to occur, significantly impacting its intrinsic nature and current usage.

Are you removing the beach and replacing it with concrete?

No. The beach is a significant asset to the city and an important part of its character. Beach retaining structures and methods such as groynes and beach management will be used in many areas to ensure the beach is kept healthy and maintained for residents and visitors to enjoy.

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When is construction work due to begin?

If the appropriate permission are gained and funding approved by central government, we'd look to start work at Long Curtain Moat by spring 2019. The work would then be phased along the seafront, with the last section being completed in 2026.

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When was the previous consultation carried out?

A non-statutory public consultation ran for 8 weeks, from 3rd November 2014 to the 29th December 2014. This provided the public with the opportunity to view and comment on the short list of coastal defence options being proposed for Southsea. Nearly 500 people attended the events.

The four exhibition events were held towards the end of November 2014, at the Square Tower, the D-Day Museum and two at the Royal Beach Hotel.

A total of 471 people attended
the exhibition events, showing a strong interest in the scheme from the local community.

What are the plans for consultation going forward?

We'll be holding further consultation events in early 2018 on our proposed plans. In the meantime, we are holding a series of public engagement events at the end of October to re-introduce the scheme to the public.

I run a business on the seafront. When will I be consulted?

Our team will be in touch at the beginning of November to arrange a meeting with you. We can talk you through our ideas, find out what your future aspirations are and for you to give us your feedback that we can look to incorporate into our designs.

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