Category: Environment

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…

Blockage at Bishopstoke Mill cleared

Gates on the river Itchen at Bishopstoke Mill had to be closed last week to allow workers to clear it of obstructions after water levels began to rise. The culvert had become blocked with debris and local County Councillor Andy Moore told Eastleigh News that he contacted the Environment Agency because he was concerned that…

Hampshire considers sky lantern ban

The use of paper chinese style sky lanterns could be banned on all Hampshire County Council owned land in future. The candle powered sky lights act as mini hot air balloons and have been a popular way to mark family celebrations or events but Hampshire is responding to a call by the RSPCA and many other…

Fancy a dip in Monks Brook?

Local youngsters are being invited to find out what lurks in the underwater world of a stream. What sort of fish, creatures and bugs call it home? On Tuesday 26 August 2014 there will be a chance to find out when environmental improvement charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will be running a pond dipping event…

Fair Oak and Netley folk get say on recycling centres

Residents and small businesses in Fair Oak and Netley are being encouraged to take part in Hampshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) survey. Meanwhile Eastleigh’s Council leader has said that the town’s long delayed new recycling centre on Chestnut Avenue will finally open at the end of 2015. Responses to the HCC survey…

Town centre Air Quality zones extended

The Council is seeking views from local people on how the air quality in Eastleigh town centre can be improved. A council spokesman said: We have been monitoring air quality across the borough since 1990 and have recently declared an extended Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) for Eastleigh. This AQMA is where the air pollution from…

Concerns over new waste plant for town

Eastleigh Civic Offices

Fears that a new waste recycling plant in Eastleigh could lead to air pollution and a nasty pong has caused one concerned Eastleigh resident to call on townsfolk to lobby the Environment Agency who are considering an application for an environmental permit. Simon Payne, who lives on Southampton Rd, believes the new waste recycling plant…

New coastal defences at Netley

Residents in Netley Abbey have welcomed the completion of a coastal defence scheme which will help protect the shoreline from the effects of tidal erosion and storms. A 150 metre section of the coastline below Netley Cliff and Malmesbury Court at Netley Abbey is now protected by wire mesh cages filled with granite rocks and a…

Solar scheme sets precedent

Eastleigh Borough Council has just switched on a solar PV scheme at Wildern School in Hedge End By obtaining approval for a solar PV scheme to be installed at the school, from the Secretary of State for Education, the Council have set a precedent that they hope other Academy schools will follow. Approval was required because…