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City MP catches up on progress of Southsea Coastal Defence Scheme

Stephen Morgan MP has visited the Southsea Coastal Defence Scheme to catch up on its progress.

The Southsea Coastal Scheme is the UK’s largest local authority-led coastal defences project, worth more than £100M, which the city MP helped secure from various funding sources.

It will stretch for 4.5km from Old Portsmouth to Eastney, and help to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 10,000 homes and 700 businesses.

Phase one of six of the Southsea Coastal Scheme started in September 2020.

In its latest update, the project shared bay five of eight has now been completed, as well as continuing work on the west of Spur Redoubt, section by section, digging out, attaching beams and backfilling once complete.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“It was really good to be on-site today and see how this critical infrastructure is progressing.

“The project team is working hard to engage with local businesses and community groups to avoid any disruption it may be causing now and in the future as the scheme progresses and it was helpful to share some of the feedback I have received from local residents.

“It’s vital we get this once in a lifetime opportunity to protect our city and help avoid the risk of flooding to local homes and businesses. I am keen to ensure the team delivers this scheme on budget, on time and to the highest standards our city expects.

“I will continue to work alongside the council to ensure Southsea Coastal Defence Scheme delivers the very best for our city and the public realm Portsmouth deserves.”

Mr Morgan has previously spoken in parliament on the importance of Southsea Coastal Defence Scheme and similar projects, to ensure they get the support they need from government to protect communities across the UK from material flood risks.

The city MP has committed to continuing to raise of the need for flooding protections in order to safeguard the interests and livelihoods of constituents.