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March Litter Pick

Our next litter pick is on Saturday 16th March. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Stokes Bay Sea Defences

Storm damage continues to occur and, whilst temporary repairs have been carried out, a permament solution is still at the planning stage. For the latest position visit:-

https://coastalpartners.org.uk/project/stokes-bay-seawall-replacement/

Flooding

With what seems to have been a winter of torrential rain and gales, Stokes Bay Road and the Alverbank West carpark have endured their fair share of potholes and flooding.  The drains in the carpark have not been managing to dispel the water, although this may be due to the vast amounts of shingle blown up from the beach during the gales. We have highlighted this issue with Gosport Borough Council, and they will investigate.

The repair work to the Alver outlet has been completed. The clearing of the shingle which still accumulates at the outlet has been continuing over the past few months to prevent flooding of the river.

D-Day Memorial

Planning permission has been granted for the erection of a semi-circular war memorial garden in the location of the existing Mulberry Harbour memorial on the promenade to the east of the Stokes Bay Sailing Club. The proposed plan will incorporate a flagpole, hard and soft landscaping as well as the relocation of the Canadian Memorial

Wildflower Meadow

Following the decision to abandon the daffodil planting along the verges of Stokes Bay Road, and in collaboration with Greening Alverstoke, we approached GBC for permission to plant a wildflower garden.  The area we proposed is in the site of the old toilet block between Jellico Avenue and Solent Springs Adventure Golf and the garden will incorporate a bench and a bug hotel. GBC have given us the green light to go ahead and develop our plans.

Car Charging

There are now fast and rapid charge points at the Pebble Beach and No.2 Battery car parks.

Works at Fort Gilkicker

Photographs below show this beautiful Victorian structure, now exposed by the removal of the earth bank. The last two photographs looking east before and after the “bank” that has been created with earth from the fort.

Diving Museum at No 2 Battery

The Diving Museum is currently closed for improvement works that started in October 2023. The work will include ramp access from the outside of the building to the front door and a lift at the entrance that will enable visitors who cannot manage the stairs to safely arrive and leave the building. When the work is completed, No. 2 Battery will have an attractive new frontage with ramp, steps and newly planted shrubs. At the same time, some internal work will be undertaken to attempt to resolve the damp issues that are so common with Victorian buildings of this nature. An opening date in 2024 to be advised later. The works have been enabled by grants awarded by Arts Council England, Historic England, and a heritage grant from GBC.

A National Lottery Heritage Fund grant application is being submitted this month to develop the Diving Museum within the repaired building. The decision will be announced in June 2024 and if awarded the museum would not open to the public until July 2025

Beach Buoy Spill Notifications

For the latest notifications from Southern Water about storm release activity go to the following link and click the bathing water location pin for Stokes Bay.

https://www.southernwater.co.uk/water-for-life/beachbuoy