Weekly update – 10 March 2023

We'll meet a groyne!
Firstly, thanks to our reader Pete who responded to our call for groyne pun headlines. We love it! Work is progressing well on building new flood defences in the area around Southsea Castle. The next phase of marine work is the construction of the new groyne. This is a rock structure that juts out into the sea to limit erosion of the beach near the Pyramids. We're planning to begin work on this from 20 March and run until June 2023. It's hoped that by starting this work in March ahead of schedule, the groyne will be complete before summer. During construction there will be night working and there may be some greater noise than normal. Construction will take place both day and night as the work needs to be undertaken at low tide. We appreciate your support of the ongoing flood defence improvements, and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us on email southseacoastalscheme@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
How engaging
Our new engagement officer will be starting with us on Monday so we hope to reopen the project information centre soon, once training is complete. Thank you for your patience with our irregular opening times over the last few months while we dealt with staff shortages.
A flood of misinformation
This week we were made aware of an inaccurate media report stating that Portsmouth would be flooded in the near future due to climate change and rising sea levels, according to data released by Climate Central. This data was incorrect as it did not take into account that coastal defence schemes are well underway to protect the island from flooding and enhance its seafront areas. Defences will be constructed over nearly 13km of coastline to protect more than 14,000 homes and 1,200 businesses for the next 100 years, even allowing for climate change.