South Hayling Timber Maintenance - Update

Works to repair the existing timber structures and reinstate two navigational markers along the South Hayling coastline were successfully completed on 17th July 2023. 

We thank you again for your understanding and patience while these works were being carried out.

What is timber maintenance?

Timber maintenance involves the repair of existing timber structures along the South Hayling coastline. These structures are both groynes and the sloping timber structures at the Coastguard Hut (Bound Lane car park). Some minor works to trim down some timber will be undertaken at West Beach. 

The groynes on Hayling Island were constructed in the 1980’s in response to lowering beach levels. The structures help to slow longshore transport and hold beach material at Eastoke. Due to the age of the structures, maintenance is needed to maintain their stability.

The timber structures work alongside our beach management operations to help reduce the risk of coastal flooding to the properties at Eastoke.

Where does it take place?

Maintenance work will take place in the following locations along the frontage (see map below). These are focussed at Eastoke, the Coastguard Hut revetment, and a section of timber at West Beach. 

Hayling Timber Works Location Map Hayling Timber Works Location Map

How do we undertake the operation?

Any defects have been identified by Havant Borough Council surveyors. Our Contractor, Avon Construction Ltd, work around the tides to ensure the identified repairs are carried out. Generally, working hours are between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday, however, if a low tide falls outside these hours there may be some work around this period. Works generally take up to 4 weeks to complete.

Where does the timber come from?

The timber is sourced from FSC approved suppliers, and is then cut to size and delivered to Hayling Island. Deliveries of timber are made at the start of the work, direct to the HBC Compound on Southwood Road. There is not expected to be any disturbance during these deliveries.

Does the beach remain open?

The beach typically remains open to the public, You may expect to see an excavator and dumper truck on the beach while the work is underway. There will be a minimum of 2 staff from the Contractor on site at all times. A member of Coastal Partners also visits the site to supervise the work.