Southsea’s new flood defences could be a step closer with £5m funding boost (updated)

Islanders who travel to the mainland via Southsea could see changes to the landscape once full funding is achieved for the coastal flood defences

Southsea coastline with kites flying from the beach

The Solent LEP have received a request for a grant of £5,000,000 for Portsmouth City Council’s sea defences scheme.

The City Council’s project would cover 4.5km of Southsea’s seafront and aims to provide protection from coastal flooding. The project would significantly reduce the risk of coastal flooding to 10,119 residential and 1,311 commercial properties for the next 100 years. 

Protect the city from flooding for future generations
David Williams, Chief Executive Officer at Portsmouth City Council said,

“I am delighted we have progressed our bid to the next level with the Solent LEP.

“After six years of concerted effort from the project team and with unanimous support from the City Council, we are very close to achieving full funding for flood defences to protect the city from flooding for existing residents and future generations.”

The total project cost for the first phase of this project stands at £16,000,000 and the grant request is for £5,000,000.

Article edit
11.05am 9th Mar 2020 – headline and first para amended to reflect grant requested not approved.

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Monday, 2nd March, 2020 1:53pm

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