South Hayling Beach Management - Sept 2021

Notification of forthcoming works along the South Hayling Frontage

Beach recycling work will commence on 13 September 2021 to ensure the beach is at design profile before the winter period. While no storm events have occurred since the last works were undertaken in March, small-scale gradual erosion of the front face of the beach has been ongoing through wave action since this time. By undertaking works in September we aim to complete well before the winter period to allow the beach time to gradually settle in to its’ profile before any winter storm events occur.

We will be carrying out small-scale beach recycling works. Beach recycling is the movement of material from areas of beach build up to areas of erosion. This helps to restore beach levels and increase the standard of protection against flooding. Once the beach is reinstated it will be built to a 1:200-year standard of protection.

Digger on beach at Eastoke Digger on beach at Eastoke
Dumper truck on beach at Hayling Island Dumper truck on beach at Hayling Island

The works will be fully funded by the Environment Agency and will carried out by our Contractor, Les Searle Group. You should expect to see heavy machinery – dumper trucks, excavators and bulldozers – on site for the duration of the works. 

We currently expect works to commence on September 13th and last for up to three weeks. The work has been timed to ensure there is no overlap with the Hayling Kitesurfing Armada, but to occur as early as permitted by our licences and consents after the summer season.

The work will take place along the southern frontage of Hayling Island, with material extracted from the beach between the Coastguard Hut and Gunner Point and deposited along the residential frontage at Eastoke. It is likely that extraction will start at Gunner Point. Should this be the case, the West Beach car park will be closed while these works are undertaken. This is to ensure the safety of the public, and the drivers of the machinery. Any closure will be notified on both the Coastal Partners website and Havant Borough Council website. The car park would be closed between Monday and Friday, and re-opened after works end on a Friday evening for the weekend.

The beach will remain open to the public for the duration of the works. The haul route will be marked using traffic cones, and warning signs will be in safe along the beach. Please remain vigilant to the large machinery operating on the beach. 

We would like to thank you for your patience whilst these works are carried out.