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Southsea sea defence designs are 'bland' and 'featureless' say campaigners

  • WATCH: Richard Jones' report on the new plan

Plans for new sea defences to protect Portsmouth are 'featureless' and 'are not good enough' according to local campaigners.

Designs have been submitted for approval by councillors, as plans for new coastal defences have been discussed for more than a decade.

The council says that detailed designs of each stage are still to come.

  • WATCH: Campaigner Celia Clark from the Portsmouth Society on the new plans

We've waited 8 years for this...we need world class architects to do this job."

– Celia Clark
Credit: Portsmouth City Council

The defences at Southsea have been breached four times in recent years.

The new designs have been finalised with a contractor in place.

Preparatory work is already underway in some places.

Recently rebuilt flood defences at Tipner have been described as brutalist concrete, which has concerned Portsmouth campaigners.

  • WATCH: Cllr Dave Ashmore on the scheme

It's not going to be the same [as Tipner] down here."

– Cllr Dave Ashmore

The council says detailed designs of each stage in the sea defences are still to come.