Category: Environment

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…

Lucas lambasts “Big Six” cosy relationship with Whitehall

With many householders across the Borough of Eastleigh, and more widely across the UK, furious at the latest round of super-inflationary energy price increases, Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavillion, has spoken about the problem of rising energy bills and the relationship between the Government and the “Big Six” energy companies. Commenting on…

Cable’s £3 million boost to local green economy

Business secretary Vince Cable has announced  £3 million pounds worth of Regional Growth Funding for the “Future Solent Green Growth Programme” while visiting their inaugural conference at the Ageas Bowl on Friday. Future Solent is a partnership of local business leaders, politicians and green tech experts who are trying to stimulate sustainable economic growth while…

Badgers move goalposts yet again…

  Eastleigh’s badgers – or at least those who live on council owned land – will be protected from any future culling it has been decided. Councillor Rupert Kyrle (Botley) successfully introduced a motion banning the practice on council land during Thursday night’s Council meeting. Cllr Kyrle delivered a passionate and well researched address in…

Electric Highway inches towards Eastleigh…

One of the UK’s green energy companies, Ecotricity, has  announced that their game-changing “Electric Highway” has made its first move into Hampshire, with Ecotricity, Nissan and Welcome Break collaborating to install new fast-chargers at the Fleet Services on the M3 motorway. The new facilities, which are free to use at the moment, are the first…

Factory bosses promise action on resident concerns

  Disgruntled residents in Hamble’s Cliffe Avenue who say they are fed up  with noise, traffic and litter from the nearby GE Aviation factory  have been assured by the plant’s US bosses that their concerns are being taken ‘seriously’. In Eastleigh News last week Ray Turner told of a series of complaints from locals which included…