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Mr Lyall Cairns, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership


Mr Matt Hosey, Poole Borough Council

Mr Neil Watson, Environment Agency

Research Chair

Dr Samantha Cope, Havant Borough Council



Sediment Renourishment, February 2013



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The 2011 SCOPAC field trip for elected members and officers took us to Old Portsmouth and focused on the measures taken to prevent flooding of such a low lying city.

The trip was organised to coincide with high tide to illustrate just how low lying Old Portsmouth really is.

Approximately 60 delegates attended for the morning which commenced in the Spinnaker Tower at 7.30am; after breakfast and presentations the group walked from Gun Wharf to Old Portsmouth for tours and talks of the flood defence scheme and local history.

Councillor Roger Elkins (Chairman of SCOPAC) introduced the event followed by Professor Andy Bradbury (Chairman of the Southern Coastal Group) who provided the context of the day.

The presentations are available to download below:

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Speakers at Spinnaker Tower:

John Slater (Head of Planning at Portsmouth City Council) outlines the planning issues associated with building in the Portsmouth floodzone

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Uwe Dornbusch (Regional Coastal Technical Specialist at the Environment Agency) stood in for Ruth Jolley (Habitat Creation Programme Manager at the Environment Agency) and talked about European habitat designation considerations when undertaking flood defence schemes and links to the Regional Habitat Creation Programme

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Peter Murphy (Coastal Strategy Officer at English Heritage) talked about the requirements for considering heritage features in coastal management

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Speakers at Old Portsmouth:

Matt Hosey (Senior Coastal Engineer with the Havant, Portsmouth and Gosport Coastal Partnership) gave a presentation and tour of the Old Portsmouth Flood Defence Scheme

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Katy Ball (Curator of Local History) gave a walking tour of the local heritage at risk of flooding in Old Portsmouth

SCOPAC would like to thank the speakers for their interesting talks which helped make the event such as success.

Old Portsmouth Field Trip, June 2011