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Firm ‘has broken its promise’ on chemicals

Markwells Wood

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 9th of December 2016

Story by: Tamara Siddiqui

 

AN OIL company has been criticised for not disclosing information about chemicals despite a promise to do so over the summer.

UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) is proposing to drill for oil in Markwells Wood, Forestside, which is within the South Downs National Park.

Markwells Wood sits atop the aquifer which feeds Portsmouth, and residents and groups are worried about the risk of pollution to drinking water. Also affected could be the Havant and Bedhampton Springs public water supply.

Portsmouth Water objected to the plans earlier this year.

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Council meeting will decide fate of housing

From left, Emsworth Residents Association chairwoman Jo Dyer, Andrew Norton from Warblington Residents Association and Denvilles Residents Association, MP George Hollingbery, alliance chairwoman Ann Buckley and Charles Ash, the planning spokesman for the alliance

From left, Emsworth Residents Association chairwoman Jo Dyer, Andrew Norton from Warblington Residents Association and Denvilles Residents Association, MP George Hollingbery, alliance chairwoman Ann Buckley and Charles Ash, the planning spokesman for the alliance

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 6th December 2016

 

A CRUNCH meeting will take place tomorrow at which councillors will decide whether 11,300 new homes will be built across Havant and Waterlooville in the next 20 years.

The Local Plan, which sets out a blueprint for development across the borough, will be debated at Havant Borough Council’s full council meeting.

Following a meeting with Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery in which they voiced their concerns, representatives from the Havant Borough Residents Alliance said they believe the plans are not good enough, as they do not provide enough affordable homes, nor give sufficient protection to green field sites.

There is fierce opposition to proposals to allow houses to be built in areas like Hayling, Purbrook, and in the Emsworth gap. Group chairwoman Ann Buckley said: ‘The council says it has left no stone unturned but still hasn’t found enough building land to meet its own numbers.

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Ann Buckley: Our priceless natural assets are at risk

Campdown, in Havant, where it is feared the green space could be lost to housing

Campdown, in Havant, where it is feared the green space could be lost to housing

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 28th November 2016

 

CAMPDOWN is a heritage area situated in a green gap between Havant, Purbrook and west Bedhampton – and its millennia-long history is under threat.

With a past going back to the Bronze Age and archaeology dating from Roman, Saxon and Medieval times, this ancient site is now on Havant Borough Council’s early release list of future housing development sites.

It is not just Campdown’s rich heritage that’s under threat.

The site has a diverse ecology and hedgerows abundant with food for birds and other wildlife.

It is also a Brent goose feeding ground and teems with native bird life including woodpeckers and wagtails.

The tree-rich land near the proposed site provides habitats for a variety of field creatures including the dormouse stringently protected under UK and EU legislation.

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