Residents right to ask questions on proposed sea defences

southsea-seafrontPortsmouth’s Conservatives have gone on the attack after local people have asked questions about the proposed sea defences planned for Southsea seafront.

A well-attended exhibition over the last few days has been hosted at Portsmouth Cathedral and led by members of the local community. This provided an opportunity for local people to have their say and share ideas on appropriate flood defences to provide Portsmouth with an attractive, popular and sustainable seafront destination after years of neglect.

As a result residents have been contacting their local MP and other community leaders, with their concerns about the council’s current lack of communication about plans for new sea defences.

Stephen Morgan MP wrote to the council’s Chief Executive to ascertain the facts about the proposed actions for new sea defences in Southsea requesting a full briefing, and shared initial resident concerns with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

George Fielding, community activist in Southsea, said:

“Residents have told Portsmouth Labour they want to see a world-beating seafront, and I agree.

I’m pleased as a result of the community’s actions and Portsmouth Labour’s pressure on the city council and Government, we’ll will now finally be given a chance to have our say in such significant developments for our great city.

 This is a victory for people power in Portsmouth”.

Stephen Morgan MP, added:

“I have always said I will be Portsmouth’s voice in Westminster, not Westminster’s voice in Portsmouth. I was elected to stand up for the people – not the powerful – in our city and that’s what I will always do.

Residents across Portsmouth have shared with me their concerns about the Southsea sea defences. It is important that these plans are got right. This is absolutely necessary work but it is vital the community is engaged and supporting these plans”.