Category: Environment

Car share scheme to cut commuter costs

With petrol prices hitting record highs and the recession taking its toll on householders’ income, Hampshire County Council is working with both Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils to draw commuters’ attention to the benefits of sharing the drive to work. This week is national ‘Liftshare week’ and people are being encouraged to try and fill…

Government to axe ‘warmfront’ grants

The government are to continue the previous administration’s policy of gradually withdrawing ‘warmfront’ grants which entitles the elderly and needy to free insulation for their homes it has emerged. Chris Huhne the Energy minister, has announced that grants are to be phased out and replaced by loans under the new ‘green deal.’ In future loans…

Kiln Lane bridge closure

Hampshire County Council intends to carry out brickwork repairs to Brambridge Park bridge that crosses the River.Itchen on Kiln Lane, close to the Brambridge Park Garden Centre. Work is planned to start on Monday 4th October 2010. A road closure at the bridge site will be in force for the work that will be done…

Botley SDA scrapped

Eastleigh Borough Council has decided not to go ahead with plans from the last government for a 6000 home strategic development area to the north of Hedge End at a recent Council meeting. The abolition of the South East Plan by the new coalition government means that the Council does not have to take forward a…

Hooray! Stinky Bins are Here to Stay!

Louise Bloom, Eastleigh Council’s recycling Tsar, has rubbished an edict from Tory minster Eric Pickles which recommends that councils should revert to weekly bin collections. The roly-poly minster for communities has reversed the previous government’s advice to the audit commission that councils should be pressured into only emptying bins twice a month in order to…

Botley Home plans in a Pickle

Campaigners in Botley opposed to the building of 6000 new homes may soon have cause to celebrate . The new communities secretary, Eric Pickles, has written to all local authorities telling them the coalition government will be abolishing regional house building targets. “The previous government gave a green light for the destruction of the Green…

Tales of the Riverbank

Eastleigh residents face the risk of flooding unless remedial work is undertaken to counteract the erosion of the Monks Brook riverbank. That’s the stark warning from Sam Snook , a local environmental campaigner who claims that recent housing developments at Valley Park and the Pirelli site – and the office complexes at the top of…

Old School Rules

Eastleigh News has nominated the former Cranbury Road Infant School – now serving as Eastleigh College Education Annexe – for inclusion on the register of ‘most at risk buildings in the country’ as compiled by the Victorian Society, a heritage charity which campaigns for the preservation of Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

Where have Eastleigh’s Sparrows gone?

In common with many other urban areas Eastleigh has seen a decline in it’s House Sparrow population in direct proportion to an increase in planning applications being granted for ‘back garden’ building with the result that the Sparrow has gone from being one of the countries most common birds to being ‘red listed’ by the…