Category: Environment

Crescent pupils raise hedgehog awareness

Crescent Primary School pupils have been presented with awards by the Mayor for the best posters in a hedgehog awareness poster competition. “Is your garden Hog Happy?” is an Itchen Valley Country Park campaign to support Hedgehog Street, the national partnership between the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species to support…

Shakespeare Junior School tackles air pollution

Pupils at Shakespeare Junior School in Eastleigh reclaimed the street outside their school during an afternoon of traditional games, chalk drawing and plenty of cycling and scooting in an attempt to cut back on air pollution – the first school in Hampshire. The road closure was the first of its kind in Hampshire, though the initiative…

Eastleigh council set to declare climate emergency

Eastleigh Civic Offices

Eastleigh Borough Council look set to become the latest local authority declare a climate emergency in response to the report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has led the Government to pledge that the UK will cut Greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050. Last week Hampshire County Council’s ruling cabinet declared…

County Council declares climate emergency

Hampshire takes a step closer towards carbon neutrality after cabinet members recommend the Council declare a Climate Emergency. Cllr Martin Todd: “It’s two steps forward and one step back”Yesterday, at the first Cabinet meeting to be chaired by HCC’s new Leader Councillor Keith Mans the first item on the agenda was a motion from Councillor…

More vehicle charging points for Hampshire

Electric cars are sparking a green revolution in Hampshire   Hampshire County Council is speeding ahead with its roll-out of electric vehicle charging points, to help residents and visitors get plugged in. There were 55% more electric cars registered in Hampshire last year compared to the previous year. The latest Department for Transport statistics show…

Keith House sticks up for Green Belt

The Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, Keith House, has hit out at a planning consultant’s ‘lobbying’ against a South Hampshire Green Belt. Yesterday Eastleigh News reported remarks made by Robin Shepherd of Southampton-based planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore who said that proposals presented by the Hampshire Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural…

Green Belt proposals could hit local prosperity

Proposals for a new Green Belt to restrict building in South Hampshire should be carefully considered to ensure they do not adversely affect growth and prosperity in the region, a leading planning expert has warned. Robin Shepherd of planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has said proposals presented by the Hampshire Branch of the Campaign…

Could butterflies stop the bulldozers?

Local campaigners opposed to the construction of thousands of new homes on countryside North of Bishopstoke say they are ‘delighted’ to have been given the support of a local butterfly conservation group. A spokesperson for Action Against Destructive Development told Eastleigh News that wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation was the latest group “to add to the…

Bishopstoke residents to attempt world record

  Residents in Bishopstoke are planning to dress up as trees as part of a world record-breaking protest to publicise their campaign against the Council’s Local Plan. The protestors are upset that the Borough Council’s emerging plan will see thousands of houses and a major relief road built on countryside close to their homes on…

Independents ‘disappointed’ by Lib Dem ‘name calling’

The newly-elected Leader of Eastleigh’s Independent Group, Councillor Louise Parker-Jones, has said she is ‘disappointed’ by the Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable who branded her supporters as ‘nimbys’. Dr Cable made the comments following last week’s local elections when Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats were returned to power with an increased majority but lost all three seats…

Local volunteers clean up country lanes

Volunteers have cleared 76kg of rubbish from two highly littered country lanes leading into Brambridge. A popular rat run with commuters, Kiln Lane and Bishopstoke Lane is frequently littered by people on the move between Winchester and Eastleigh but last week a team from country wear specialists Orvis UK, joined by members of the Campaign for…

Government warns council over Local Plan

The Government has warned Eastleigh Borough Council that it might step in and take over responsibility for its housing plans if it fails to make progress in producing a Local Plan. If this happened the council may have a Local Plan imposed on it. In a letter to the council Sajid Javid, the Secretary of…

Eastleigh Farms to lose £1.6m of EU cash

Environmental charity Friends of the Earth have warned that £1.6m of EU green farming subsidies in Eastleigh could be lost after the  general election unless the next government acts. The campaigners say the money is currently going to local farms under Environmental Stewardship funding agreements and that the cash is vital for both farmers and the…