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Escalating Erosion!

Wilf Forrow, HIRA member and campaigner for Cycle Hayling, provides these notes following HIRA's Public Meeting last night when we held an impromptu meeting to share coastal erosion concerns. Anne Skennerton, Chair of HIRA, invited Andy Pearce and Adam Sennitt, 2 Coastal Engineers from Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership to the Meeting in order for them to hear and answer residents' concerns on this issue. ESCP speakers invited to respond to questions on ESCP & HBC current policy re Hayling’s coastline. Adam Sennett Andy Pearce Dave Parham (Save our Island & Hayling resident) summarised the West Beach situation. Storm on Sunday was not the cause of the damage to West Beach. Erosion is caused

Insight into QA

Wilf Forrow, HIRA member and campaigner for Cycle Hayling, provides these notes following HIRA's Public Meeting last night when Mark Cubbon, CEO of NHS Portsmouth Hospitals Trust presented to and answered questions from a 100 strong audience. 2020-02-12 HIRA Public Meeting 7:30-9pm Hayling Island: Mark Cubbon. Chief Exec NHS Portsmouth Hospitals Trust. His Presentation notes as follows: QA is Portsmouth’s largest employer, 7,700 people, including Engie, PFI services company of 700 odd, who provide many services such as cleaning and building, etc. Also over 700 volunteers. Services 675,000 people across Portsmouth southeast Hants (PSEH). Less commonly known is that QA has several important sp

Gov't 'Environment First'!

There is a free online Planning Portal News service editorial@planningportal.co.uk from which you can select the information you want. It recently drew attention to DEFRA's (Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) new 'Natural Capital Tool' online resource published 22 January 2020 to "guarantee 'better' environmental decision-making”. You can find it online: Gov.uk then type in DEFRA ENCA (enabling a natural capital approach - i.e. recognizing and maximising our natural habitat) in the search bar. At the foot of that page is also a link to BioDiversity. In response to my query re the Council's use of this site in its own planning work, David Hayward, Planning Poli

HBC Regeneration!

Last week HBC presented their re-vamped Regeneration strategy with a video for guests at a launch for Havant Town Centre. The Havant Civic Society (see their website) met with the Regeneration Team, headed up by Clare Chester. The main focus currently is the development on the car park near the Plaza and the Meridian Centre. It is important for all residents to visit HBC's website, input ‘Have with Havant’ with further links. Also click on this link’s top image ‘The Vision’ & scroll down to a video for graphic images for eg autonomous vehicles on a renewed bridge: https://www.havewithhavant.co.uk/ These plans merit careful examination, not least because of what is proposed for the propos

Climate Action

For those of you who wish to 'show you care' the above gathering will take place outside HBC Plaza this coming Friday Feb. 14th 11am-2pm. Apparently this action is triggered by concern for: Havant's low percentage tree canopy, losing more than we plant each year ; poor comparative recycling levels down to 9,531 tonnes from previous 2 years (24,754 tonnes 2018-19); residential carbon emissions of 3.5 tonnes per resident; low level of sustainable local transport apparently Havant buses just ordered new diesel vehicles; low ambition with ensuring future proofed new housing; the expressed intention to encourage more development than Gov Housing Target requires. #FridaysForTheFuture for your f

Nutrients Problems

At HBC Operations and Place Shaping Board's January 28th meeting, the problematic issue was discussed of how the Council can respond to the legal decisions about the need for Nutrient 'Neutrality' now affecting planning decisions. The following are the notes taken by me and another member of a mainland Havant Borough Resident's Association. HBC will of course publish their own Minutes - together with those Councillors & HBC staff present -and please note that the Board's discussion of any Mitigation costs/strategies were held 'in camera' so we, the public, had to leave the room. These are some of our notes: Reference was made to HBC's letter sent to and asking for clarity from those Gove

Hayling's Future Coastline

Our forthcoming open Public Meeting gives you the opportunity to listen to and ask questions of our local NHS Hospitals Trust Chief Executive, Mark Cubbon. Please join us at the United Reformed Church, Hollow Lane 7:15 for 7:30pm sharp start; we conclude once all questions have been put or at the very latest 9:40pm. Those of us who regularly visit and value Hayling’s shorelines cannot help but notice their ever-increasing coastal erosion. Together with Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership’s (ESCP) published information, HIRA has repeatedly publicised the real and ongoing threats to the stability of Hayling’s coastlines: at our February 2019 Public Meeting, on our website www.haylingresidentsa

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