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The Solent region is one of the worst in the country for recycling

Figures published by DEFRA at the end of last year show the amount of household waste recycled by councils in Gosport, Havant and Fareham has fallen since 2011.

Recycling in Portsmouth is also down, and sits at at 22.7% – roughly half the national average.

Richard Ensten reports.

EU referendum: Britain’s biggest environmental charities using public cash to call for In vote

An In/Out vote on Britain's EU membership will be held before the end of 2017 Photo: Alamy

An In/Out vote on Britain’s EU membership will be held before the end of 2017 Photo: Alamy

Published on The Telegraph website on 7th March 2016
By , Political Correspondent

 

Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts and Greenpeace accused of leaving donors ‘infuriated’ by openly campaigning for In vote despite guidance

Britain’s biggest environmental charities have been accused of using public donations to campaign for staying in the European Union.

The charities watchdog will on Monday issue new guidance on political neutrality after Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts and Greenpeace all made public comments backing EU membership.

The charities have all insisted that Britain being a member of the EU is vital to protecting Britain’s wildlife – with one suggesting that those backing Brexit want to make the country “the dirty man of Europe”.

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CONFIRMED: Northern A27 Route Dropped

One of the draft route options for a new northern route, which has now been dropped.Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey. Media 013/16

One of the draft route options for a new northern route, which has now been dropped.Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey. Media 013/16

Published in the Chichester Observer on the 4th March 2016

 

The government has confirmed that no alternative A27 routes around Chichester will be now be considered.

It means neither a new northern bypass through Lavant, or a partial new southern route, will be built, and instead the junctions on the existing stretch will be upgraded.

In a letter to Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert, the parliamentary under secretary for transport, Andrew Jones MP, confirmed the northern options ‘which could impact on the Goodwood estate’ would be dropped.

Clarifying Highways England’s statement that its focus ‘would be on upgrading four junctions on the existing A27’, Mr Jones’ letter said: “To be clear, this will not include alternative routes which have been previously considered, such as a northern route which could impact on the Goodwood estate.”

As reported, the seven-week public consultations, due to start in just days, have now been pushed back until late spring/early summer.
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