New coastal defences at Netley

Cllr David Airey with John O'Flynn from the Envionment Agency.

Cllr David Airey and John O’Flynn from the Envionment Agency with the new coastal defences.

Residents in Netley Abbey have welcomed the completion of a coastal defence scheme which will help protect the shoreline from the effects of tidal erosion and storms.

A 150 metre section of the coastline below Netley Cliff and Malmesbury Court at Netley Abbey is now protected by wire mesh cages filled with granite rocks and a new timber-clad ‘sheet pile’ wall has been erected adjacent to Ferryman’s Quay.

The state of the coastline along that section of Southampton Water have been a concern for some time. The North Solent Shoreline Management Plan, which was produced by the New Forest District Council,  was followed by a strategy document which highlighted the areas of concern and possible options for various schemes along this area of coast. Eastleigh Borough Council then submitted an application for grant aid funding for the Netley Abbey scheme to the Environment Agency.

Netley Shoreline

Netley Shoreline

The work, which cost over £350,000, was funded primarily by the Environment Agency with significant contributions from Eastleigh Borough Council, local residents and landowners, without which the project would have been unable to proceed.

Contractors PTC undertook the engineering work, which included installation of 7 metre deep sheet pile in close proximity to existing properties. The wire-mesh baskets are filled with 400 tonnes of specially graded granite rock held together by galvanised, plastic coated mesh.

Cllr David Airey, Cabinet Member for Transport & Streetscene and local Borough Councillor for Netley Abbey, welcomed the completion of the project, saying;

“I am delighted with the outcome and in particular the way it was implemented in a short time with minimal disruption. I warmly congratulate every single person and organisation involved in the project”.

John O’Flynn, Area Coastal Engineer for the Environment Agency said;

“Flooding and coastal erosion are real risks facing people and their properties in Netley. With a changing climate, resulting in sea levels rising and more frequent storms, flood defences are under increasing threat from the elements. I am very happy to have been able to support Eastleigh Borough Council and the community in Netley to deliver a scheme that will reduce their risk of flooding and coastal erosion for many years to come.”

The coastal defence measures installed at Netley Abbey should protect this area of coastline for the next 20-30 years.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.