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Infrastructure Review a step forward for Island

What we believe is Hayling Island’s first Infrastructure Review is now finally being conducted by Hampshire County Council thanks to tremendous pressure from Hayling residents at HIRA’s October AGM and Save Our Island’s Petition of over 5,000 signatures. HIRA supporters delivered over 6,000 leaflets supporting this campaign. The Infrastructure Review Group comprises Havant Borough and Hampshire County Councils’ Officers, Hayling Councillors, several Hayling residents’ representatives including HIRA and Save Our Island and Langstone residents’ representatives. The enquiries’ results will be discussed by the Group and eventually form a Report that, we are told, will feed into Havant BC’s Ho

Government's Petition Response

The Department for Communities and Local Government has responded to the recent national Petition to “Give communities back the right to decide where houses are built.” It rejects the Petition's request that calls "for a parliamentary debate on government Housing and Planning policy over building on greenfield land and seeks community right of appeal on planning decisions and the removal of the presumption in favour of sustainable development." It is worth reading because, by omission, the Government still refuses to close the dangerous NPPF loopholes that permit speculative Development, and the response's wording fails to address the use of Inspectors to over-ride well founded local concer

Groundwater: Groundbreaking?

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) studies and monitors the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends. Their website http://www.nerc.ac.uk/planetearth/stories/1848/ is of interest to those of us curious about whether or not we should be worried about rising water levels along England's South Coast. These may be a long way off, but surely those studying and providing our infrastructure should factor in possibilities to help sustain those living here. It appears that we should all be waiting for not just our local studies but Scientists' research to be completed. David Macdonald, a senior hydrogeologist at BGS Wallingford, is part of

Make a Difference!

Despite over 5000 petition signatures and endless residents' complaints demanding an Infrastructure Review by HBC and HCC before any more developments are approved, I see today that only about 466 residents have written in their comments on the Rook Farm Planning APP/17/00007. HIRA's and my own have been posted before the deadline tomorrow. Have you played your part and written in your own comments? Not all of our members choose to use the internet so it is vital that all of you encourage your friends and neighbours to write in their views NOW please! HIRA's website link to the Havant BC Rook Farm App website is: https://planningpublicaccess.havant.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationD

Local Plan:New Timetable

Below is the link providing HBC's January 2017 'Flyer' covering updated information which everyone should read to follow the Council's current views. Reference is explicitly made to Hayling Islands' "specific challenges" and the "scrutiny panel to fully explore the infrastructure issues facing the Island" (page 4). The new Timetable is on page 6, effectively the last page of the document. Essential is for everyone to write in their comments ALSO on the Rook Farm Outline Application - we have to make our comments on EVERY large development application from now on. https://www.havant.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Local%20Devleopment%20Scheme%20Jan%2017.pdf

Make a 'Road' Difference!

Please fill in the online HBC questionnaire - link below but you can get a hard copy from HBC - giving YOUR views on proposed road layouts in the A27 in Havant. The questionnaire also asks for all residents' views on other infrastructure needs regarding this Denvilles-Emsworth 'Gap' which the Government's Housing drive wants to fill in, against huge, local residents' opposition. We cannot turn our backs on ANY opportunity to give our views so that Planning Officers and Councillors know how we want to shape OUR Borough. http://www.havant.gov.uk/local-plan-2036/denvilles-emsworth-design-workshops

Communities Must Choose

Please read and sign this most important current Petition to the Government, to give back to communities the right to decide where houses are built. The Government's own National Policy Planning Framework has loopholes that many, democratically minded MPs nationally, have already asked the Government to close. So far the Government is not listening so nationally the public must make our voices heard. This will benefit everyone and particularly our local communities, so please read and sign. Note that you must also click again in the email they send you to verify your email address. Thank you. https://petition.parliament.uk/signatures/33333734/verify?token=b00NvmFOidxvD0AKAsV

Duty to Listen

HIRA Article: February 1st 2017 Both the Save Our Island group and HIRA are pleased that both Havant Borough Council (HBC) and Hampshire County Council (HCC) are meeting with us and a few other Hayling Islanders in order to discuss ‘the way forward’ regarding Hayling Island’s Infrastructure Review. We are puzzled by at least 2 members of Langstone Residents Association being invited and can only conclude that the A3023 road is the reason. As many readers will know, HIRA Committee members have, like Save Our Island’s David Parham, pushed hard for this Infrastructure Review not only to take place but, more importantly, to listen to and involve those on the Island who have detailed knowledge

Portsmouth News

Please use this link to read Hayling views on the A3023 incident on January 31st. Will the Councils, both Havant Borough and Hampshire County, begin to appreciate our Island's residents' and visitors' vulnerability? http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/havant/drivers-halted-for-hours-after-roadworks-on-island-s-only-access-route-1-7802357

Island's Vulnerability: A3023

Ian Limb, the 'Comms' person for Portsmouth Water helpfully uploaded onto our Facebook page the Company's latest News regarding the A3023 incident yesterday. The significant sentence seems to be: "The volume of traffic experienced had not been fully appreciated and whilst we complied with the guidance [from Hampshire County Council] of avoiding peak times for this work it is now clear that it should not have been undertaken during daytime." https://www.portsmouthwater.co.uk/2017/02/01/mains-renewals-langstone-road/ This is the recurrent theme for us living and/or working on Hayling: but it's not just the volume of traffic that our single access road 'cul de sac' struggles with, it's also t

Promised Infrastructure Review

Both the Save Our Island group and HIRA are pleased that both Havant Borough Council (HBC) and Hampshire County Council (HCC) are meeting with us and a few other Hayling Islanders in order to discuss ‘the way forward’ regarding Hayling Island’s Infrastructure Review. We are puzzled by at least 2 members of Langstone Residents Association being invited and can only conclude that the A3023 road is the reason. As many readers will know, HIRA Committee members have, like Save Our Island’s David Parham, pushed hard for this Infrastructure Review not only to take place but, more importantly, to listen to and involve those on the Island who have detailed knowledge of the problems. At the time of

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