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More than £375,000 of funding secured to protect Langstone homes from flooding

Deep flood water in Creek Road, Hayling Island

Published in the Portsmouth News on 29th May 2018
Story by Tamara Siddiqui

 

FUNDING to develop designs for a new coastal defence scheme which could protect homes from flooding and erosion has been secured.

On behalf of Havant Borough Council, the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) has secured £376,000 to protect homes in Langstone.

The outline designs for the new scheme will look to reduce flood and coastal erosion risk over the next 100 years, for 86 properties and critical infrastructure.

This includes the A3023, the only road on and off of Hayling Island.

Peter Scannell, project manager for the scheme, said: ‘The secured funding will allow us to address the significant risk to Langstone’s local community and critical infrastructure such as the A3023.

‘We will be able to develop outline designs of the flood defence options, seek input from the community and the landowners, and then submit a further case for additional funding to build the scheme.’

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Straw campaign group shifts focus to reusable bags

Lissie Pollard, left, Giles Babb and Bianca Carr all of Final Straw Solent, are now turning their attention to plastic bags. Picture Chris Moorhouse

Published in the Portsmouth News on 22nd May 2018
Story By David George


CAMPAIGNERS who have been looking to stamp out plastic straws across the Solent region are now putting the pressure onto plastic bags.

The Final Straw Solent campaign and Emsworth Business Association will be handing out 2,000 reusable bags to promote local business and eradicate the use of plastic bags.

The bags will be given out in a range of shops in Emsworth to encourage people to shop local, and to reuse their bags to cut plastic waste.

These bags will be given out on a first come, first served basis, one per customer.

Bags have been funded by the business association and Havant Borough Council.

Final Straw Solent founder Bianca Carr said: ‘We are so excited that we are able to give out these bags in a bid to further reduce the amount of single-use plastic that is given out in our beautiful town.

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RAY COBBETT: Aiming towards plastic-free towns

Friends of the Earth would like to see towns go plastic-free. This plastic was found on Hayling beach.

Published in the Portsmouth News on 17th May 2018

 

The Friends of the Earth co-ordinator says councils must do more

When Teresa May launched the government’s 25 year environment plan earlier this year, she pledged to eliminate plastic waste by 2042.

Among other measures Mrs May wanted to see more plastic-free aisles in supermarkets, a deposit-return scheme for Britain’s 13 billion plastic bottles and extension of the very successful 5p charge for plastic bags to small retailers.

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