Category: Environment

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…

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…

Barton Peveril hope for ‘Nobel’ Prize…

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh  say they expect that a new environmentally friendly building that is currently under construction will attract an “Excellent” rating when it is BREEAM assessed. The Nobel Building is part of a £4.2 million investment in facilities at the college and is on course for completion by July. It…

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…

Botley traffic: Time for action?

  The Chair of Botley Air Pollution Group has called on townspeople to be more proactive in the campaign for a reduction in traffic – and its accompanying air pollution – driving through the congested town centre. In a newsletter reviewing the campaign so this year Steve Robinson-Grindley told the group that politicians  ‘at all…

‘Green Bank to tackle household energy bills’ – Huhne

The world’s first dedicated Green Bank was launched this week, bringing with it £3 billion of government investment to kick-start low-carbon projects. Eastleigh MP and former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has backed the Bank to lower bills for businesses and households in Eastleigh and the rest of the country, whilst boosting the local economy with manufacturing, construction,…

Water, water everywhere, but meter what you drink…

Southern Water say that their five-year metering project, to install nearly 500,000 water meters across Kent, Sussex and Hampshire, is protecting the environment by saving the region huge quantities of water. At a time when flooding is a problem in some parts of the region, and more widely across the UK, Southern Water say that; “Water meters are…

Possible flooding forecast…

The Environment Agency is warning of the risk of flooding from rivers and streams with further heavy rainfall expected this evening (Thursday). Further heavy rainfall is expected across much of the South East later today, with 20-30mm forecast in some areas. Rivers which are currently at flood alert levels are particularly susceptible to increased rainfall and there…

Garden waste bags to cost £30 from April

Eastleigh’s householders will have to fork out almost 8% more to have their garden waste bags collected from April next year it was revealed at a meeting of the council’s cabinet last Thursday. The cost for a garden waste bag will cost £30 a year – one of a raft of inflation busting rises planned…

Party Leader to meet Stoneham Park campaigners

Natalie Bennett, the newly elected leader of the Green Party, will be in Eastleigh later today to meet campaigners fighting to save the Borough’s green spaces from development. Protestors from ‘Save Stoneham Park’ and the ‘Rescue  the Rec’ groups will gather at historic Stoneham Park to tell Natalie Bennett how they believe the  local council…

Park Protesters rally on Rec

      Objectors to development on Eastleigh public parks held a protest rally at Leigh Road Rec on Saturday to draw attention to the October deadline for public consultation on the local plan and proposed Sainsbury’s development. Protestors for the ‘Save Stoneham park’ and the ’Rescue the Rec’ resident groups joined forces to stage…

Southampton Airport first to recycle gum

Southampton Airport has become the first in the world to install chewing gum recycling bins in its passenger terminal, further expanding its recycling facilities and tackling gum littering. Twenty-five of the bins, known as ‘Gumdrops’, have been installed by the airport’s cleaning and maintenance provider Amey at key points throughout the terminal building. The units…