Category: Environment

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…

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…

Fire Services warn of wildfire risk…

Heatwave conditions have prompted a warning over wildfires and the use of Chinese lanterns during National Parks Week (July 29-August 4). Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside, parkland and wildlife habitats and although some are started deliberately, Hampshire Fire & Rescue say that most of them are due to carelessness. The risk…

No fracking in Hants, says Green MEP

One of Hampshire’s Members of the European Parliament has called for the county to remain ‘frack free’ after media reports suggested that exploratory drilling could be on the horizon. In December 2012, the Department of Energy & Climate Change announced that exploratory fracking can be resumed in the UK, subject to some new controls. Prior to…

Ken swaps hats…

It was all change at the top this morning, as Hampshire Council appointed a new Leader. Conservative Cllr Ken Thornber took over the role of Chairman of Hampshire County Council whilst Conservative Cllr Roy Perry took over Cllr Thornber’s old role of Leader of the Council. The changes were effected at this mornings Special Council…

Environment Agency set Council Tax levy

The Environment Agency have announced that their Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) agreed a £1.1 million funding package for the next financial year (2013/14) at their meeting on January 24. The Committee, which is made up of Local Authority representatives from across the South East, agreed to contribute £1.177m to reduce flood risk to local…