The works to remove damaged coastal defence structures along Hayling Island is now complete, weeks earlier than planned.
Havant Borough Council has worked closely with the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership and contractors to implement the removal of the forty-year-old structure following severe storm damage.
Councillor Leah Turner, Cabinet Lead for Coastal Communities, said: “Council officers supervised the works to remove the structure and were pleased with the professionalism of the contractor who performed extremely well and maintained high standards with respect to the safety of their personnel and beach users throughout.
“The council continues to focus their efforts to protect lives and property to the residents at Eastoke where we have attracted £3.3million of central government funding to implement the annual beach management activities which have successfully reduced flood risk to this community and prevented the type of flooding regularly experienced every winter prior to the original beach nourishment scheme in 1985.
“The council have now secured additional funding from the Environment Agency to develop a flood and erosion risk management strategy for the whole of Hayling Island. This strategy will ensure we all gain a better understanding of the challenges we face in the future responding to the impacts of climate change and enable us all to work together collaboratively to make the right decisions for the future how to respond and adapt to flooding and coastal change; this strategy will get underway later in the year and develop over the next two years.”
The 140m wooden structure at West Beach, Hayling Island was beyond repair, despite receiving regular maintenance.
A 50m length of the coastal defence will remain to the west of Inn on the Beach, together with the groynes in the sea.
Further details on the history of coastal management at West Beach.