Site: 3 Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley
The second public workshop 2 will be held at 6:30 in the Empire Rooms at Royal Victoria Country Park on 12 September 2013. This workshop will develop issues from the first workshop and consider peoples aspirations or vision for the Country Park. If you would like to attend please contact Rachael Gallagher at email@example.com.
The coastal frontage at Royal Victoria Country Park is protected by a sea wall, over recent years a number of weaknesses have been identified including voids behind the wall, bulges in the sheet piling and corrosion of the wall. This has meant that the footway along the top of the wall has been shut since 2006 due to safely concerns. Although the Country Council has and continues to undertake maintenance work it’s thought that the sea wall has reached the end of its design life and ongoing maintenance will not be sustainable.
Hampshire County Council (as the landowner) need to determine the best medium and long term solution for the Country Park frontage and main entrance. There are a number of issues that need to be considered including the following:
- Replacing the seawall would be extremely expensive and may not be in the public interest and may impact on wildlife.
- If the seawall were removed and the shoreline returned to a natural coastline there would be implications for the main vehicular access to the park and the private residences, and risk of pollution from the main sewer which runs behind the seawall.
- The entrance to the park occasionally floods and there may be an increase in future flooding of the main vehicular access point to the Country Park in the future as sea levels rise and storm surges increase.
As the landowner of Royal Victoria Country Park Hampshire County Council need to determine how to manage the section of coastline in front of the Country Park to ensure that a long term access route to the Country Park and associated residences is maintained. The CCATCH project will engage with the local community in order to:
- Raise awareness of the coastal defence issues and the limitations of funding
- Produce a short term flood risk plan for the Country Park
- Produce an action plan to aid Hampshire County Council’s long term planning for the Country Park
The work will focus on access issues within the Park that would result from a loss in coastal defences. Key questions that will be addressed in the process are:
- How is the coastline at Royal Victoria Country Park changing?
- How will this affect the park, residents, business and visitors
- What can be done to minimise the potential detrimental effects e.g. options for the seawall and alternative access?
- What do the community want from the park in the future?
The project will not be able to fund any coastal defence scheme for the park or the Netley frontage.
“The project will help the community understand the coastal defence and cost issues affecting the Country Park and give the community an opportunity to influence short, medium and long term planning for coastal defence of and access to the park.”
Why should you get involved?
Getting involved in this project can help you understand the possible future risks to Royal Victoria Country Park, answer some key questions and investigate possible solutions. We would like you to contribute by sharing your experiences and by working as a community group towards a long term aspiration for the park.
What has happened so far?
A Local Engagement Group, which includes around 10 local community representatives, has meet to help the project team determine how best to engage the wider community in the project and has helped develop a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, a leaflet, exhibition material and the workshop process. This exhibition can be viewed in the shop and will run throughout the life span of the project and further information will be added to keep you informed on progress.
What is happening now?
All members of the community who live, work or visit the park are invited to become involved in this project. We will be holding 3 public workshops at the Country Park to which you are invited:
Workshop 1 - Understanding the issues
- This workshop was held on 13 June and gave a general overview of the project. Download introduction presentation.
- It considered how the coast has changed in the past, and people bought their stories/memories of change to the workshop.
- It identified what further information is needed to inform understanding of the current situation.
- It identified issues of concern in relation to the future coastal defence and access issues that you feel will need addressing in any future plan
- The meeting notes and presentation on the issues are available to download.
Workshop 2 - Informing the plan (12 September 2013)
- This workshop will develop issues from the first workshop and consider peoples aspirations or vision for the Country Park.
- The workshop will share information on what is currently happening and why
- It will help people understand the natural and human (policy/ management) processes at work as well as the implications to them and their use of the site.
- Agree a vision
Workshop 3 - Developing the plan (24 October 2013)
- This workshop will produce actions to achieve the vision
- What do you think are the future options for the site to achieve the vision?
- What might the implications be?
How would they like to be involved in the future?
The options and issues identified through the workshop process described above will be incorporated into an Action plan or framework/adaptation plan that will help Hampshire County Council and the community plan for the future and manage the uncertainties they face.
How to get involved?
The workshops will be held here at the Country Park and the dates are as follows:
- Workshop 2 - 12 September 2013
- Workshop 3 - 24 October 2013
If you are interested in attending the workshops please e-mail your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.