Chichester Harbour Conservancy has appointed an independent consultancy to produce a technical report into the sea defences from Langstone Millpond to Wade Lane. The consultants, Royal HaskoningDHV are experienced in coastal management solutions. The report will provide a detailed assessment of the sea defences and surrounding area and advise on their future management.
Sections of the brick wall sea defences near Langstone Millpond are showing signs of compromise. A path (footpath 108/56/2) runs alongside the millpond and it remains open and accessible to the public. However the condition of the sea wall has led to local concerns for the future of the footpath and the pond itself.
In 2021 Natural England undertook a condition review of the Chichester Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It was found to be in a state of ‘Unfavourable Decline’, due in part to the 58% loss of saltmarsh habitat within the harbour since 1946. The Natural England condition review requires authorities to consider options for the site that may address the harbour’s declining condition.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy is part of a working group committed to finding an enduring solution for the area, that will withstand the challenges of climate change and balance the needs of recreation and nature. Other members of the working group include Coastal Partners (including Havant Borough Council), Hampshire County Council, the Environment Agency and Natural England.
We expect the report to be published in early Autumn 2023; this will be shared online and the findings will be considered.
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