Category: Environment

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…

Spring clean brightens up Mansbridge

Over 70 people took part in the Mansbridge Clean Sweep on Saturday March 4 as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s national initiative, the Big Spring Clean. Local residents of Eastleigh based housing association Radian were joined in the community litter pick by The Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, Caroline Nokes MP and Councillor Bob…

Council gets grant for low-emission taxis

Eastleigh Civic Offices

A partnership between Eastleigh Borough and Southampton City Councils has been awarded £254,000 to support the introduction of ultra-low emission taxis into the fleets of taxi and private hire operators across the two authorities. The funding has been awarded by the Government Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) following a successful joint bid…

Water main bursts at Fair Oak

Southern Water say they will have restored water to all premises in the Fair Oak area by this afternoon as they work to repair 16 inch water main which burst this morning forcing the closure of Winchester Rd between Crowdhill and Fisher’s Pond. In a statement published on their website Southern Water say water has…

Faulty sewage tank causes footpath flooding

A riverside footpath popular with ramblers was flooded over the Bank Holiday Weekend after a crack in a storage tank resulted in  the escape of  thousands of gallons of treated waste water from the Chickenhall Lane Water Treatment Plant. On Sunday a local man out walking his dog along the Itchen Navigation spotted water spurting…

Hedge End business shows MP latest heating technology

Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies, visited the Hedge End headquarters of GDC Group, where she learned about the company’s ambitious growth plans and how its latest heating technologies are helping to lower fuel bills. GDC Group leads the way for product innovation and Mims Davies was given a tour of the company’s HQ, which includes a…

Campaigners fail in high court bid to stop development

It was a different sort of Black Friday for Botley folk opposed to development at Boorley Green after a judicial review into Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to grant outline planning permission for up to 1,400 new homes at Boorley was dismissed by a High Court Judge. Botley Parish Action Group (BPAG) had brought the action…

Stoneham development plans spark local protest

Save Stoneham Park

Local people in Eastleigh say historic and beautiful parkland will be lost forever if developers are allowed to build 1,100 homes at Stoneham Park. The land used to form part of the Fleming estate and borders grounds that were originally landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th Century. Eastleigh Borough Council has identified the site…