Fareham Timber Maintenance 2021

Fareham Borough Council will be carrying out maintenance on the timber groynes located at Monks Hill, Lee-on-the-Solent and Salterns foreshore. The timber groynes were constructed in response to lowering beach levels. Groynes help to slow longshore transport of beach material (sand and shingle) and retain it between the bays. Maintenance is required to extend the life of these ageing timber structures.

Where will the project take place?

The maintenance will be carried out along the Fareham frontage, at various locations identified on the map below. Not all groynes will require maintenance – those which are to be repaired have been identified during site visits. Work will start at Monks Hill, and the Contractor will work west towards Salterns throughout the duration on site.

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How will we undertake the operation?

The contractor, Earlcoate Construction Ltd., will work on the beach around the tides. The works are anticipated to take 4 weeks to complete. Work will start on site during the week commencing 22nd February 2021.

Work is permitted between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. However, as the work is tidal, you may notice quiet periods when there is no working on the beach.

Where will the machinery and materials be located?

During the work, the contractor will have use of an area in both Monks Hill car park and Salterns car park. These locations have been agreed with Fareham Borough Council parking teams, and advance notices will be displayed in the car park to inform users of these compounds. Only one compound will be in use at any one time.

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Where does the timber come from?

The contractor will be using sustainable tropical hardwood timber. This is cut to the size required and delivered to site.

Will I still be able to use the beach?

The beach will remain open to the public during the work. However please remain vigilant as the contractor will be required to use large construction machinery. Warning signs will be in place to inform you of the work on the beach. Please keep dogs and children away from the contractor’s working areas.


Please keep your safety in mind when walking close to construction works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you in advance for your cooperation throughout the works.