Week three update – 25 September 2020

This week has seen the continued set up of the Main Project Compound on Pier Road, involving the removal of topsoil and its subsequent storage on site. Over the coming week, we will continue to level and compact stone material to form hardstanding for vehicle access, parking and installation of the project offices. Over at our Sub Frontage One compound in Clarence Pier Car Park we will be mobilising site accommodation units next week, with 14 units being delivered, assembled and erected. In other news, we finished our ground investigation work on the promenade around Southsea Castle on 23 September and the footpath around the castle towards the sea has now reopened. And finally, a few feathers have flown this week regarding our plans to create a refuge for migrating Brent Geese from October to March in an area of Castle Field. Whilst we understand there will be some inconvenience caused, Brent Geese are an internationally-protected species and we are required by Natural England to make alternative provision for them. Castle Field was identified as the most suitable site for the refuge area, after consultation with Natural England. We anticipate that fencing around the area in Castle Field will begin in the week commencing 5 October 2020, with advance notices going up next week to provide further advice to the public. As always, we apologise for any disruption caused, but hope that the usual removal of restrictions to dogs on the beach and the remaining open spaces on our seafront will mean there is still plenty of space for all to enjoy.