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Footpath Closures at Stokes Bay

Published: 12th October 2019 16:51

A 60m section of footpath along the sea wall next to Alverbank East car park, Stokes Bay, has been closed for safety reasons after it was damaged during recent extreme weather.

The wall has been affected by successive high spring tides and winds, which lowered the level of the beach significantly, undermining a section of the structure.

Walkers are being directed to an alternative route along the rear of the cobbled area.

The damage is being investigated by council engineers from the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, who will arrange work to stabilise the wall and make it safe. Their goal will be to re-open the section of footpath before Christmas.

Meanwhile, planned maintenance work is scheduled to start on Monday (14 October) on another, nearby section of the sea wall and the roadside splash wall, opposite the access road to the Alverbank Hotel. The work will stabilise the sea wall and prevent further deterioration of the splash wall.

The work will take place Monday to Friday, from 7am to 7pm, for about six weeks. It will mean closing another section of footpath and setting up a signed diversion.

One lane of Stokes Bay Road will also be closed for up to two weeks, during working hours. It will be reopened overnight and at weekends. A temporary compound will be set up in one half of the Alverbank East car park, meaning fewer parking spaces will be available.

Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: "We're very grateful to residents for their patience while we carry out essential repairs and maintenance work on these two sections.

"The work will make the footpath safe again for a number of years, but the whole structure in this area needs a long-term solution that will last decades. We hope to work with partners such as Hampshire County Council, who own the road, and Southern Water, who have a nearby outfall, on this plan and how to fund it."

The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership is a partnership between Havant Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council, Gosport Borough Council and Fareham Borough Council. It has combined coastal engineers from each authority into one team to manage the 162km of coastline along the Solent. The aim of the partnership is to reduce the risks of coastal flooding and erosion, and to encourage the provision of technically, economically and environmentally sound defence measures to protect more than 40,000 properties in the area over the next 100 years.

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