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Friends of the Earth National Air Quality Campaign Results

Last year Friends of the Earth groups throughout the UK were invited to participate in a unique ‘citizen scientist’ project to monitor nitrogen oxides in their districts. The results have now been published in PDF format by Friends of the Earth which you can Download Here.

Several Hampshire towns and cities took part. Although Havant FoE obtained the Friends of the Earth Clean Air Kit we never deployed it, but we have another opportunity to discuss the local situation at the next group meeting. We have also discussed with Havant Borough Council the publication on the council’s website of the data collected through it’s own local monitoring facilities. This has become a top priority issue for environmentalists everywhere.

The government released in May a Draft Air Quality Plan for consultation which can be found in the link below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-air-quality-plan-published-for-consultation

 

Ray Cobbett
Havant & East Hampshire
Friends of the Earth

Concerns raised about potential development of ‘unique’ field in Langstone

Southmere Field, Langstone

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 27th June 2017

 

CAMPAIGNERS have raised concerns about the future of a meadow which they claim is among the last of its kind in the area.

Southmere Field, in Langstone, is listed as a potential site for development under Havant Borough Council’s Local Plan 2036.

The plan sets out the blueprint for the 11,250 new homes required across the Havant borough by 2036.

Ray Cobbett, co-ordinator of the Havant branch of campaign group Friends of the Earth, said: ‘The field is owned by Fasset Ltd, and could house 120 new dwellings.

‘The agricultural grade 1 site is one of the very few areas of farm land which hasn’t ever been ploughed.

‘It also hasn’t been chemically fertilised in 10 years.

‘This makes the field a unique home for a variety of birds, bees and butterflies as well as a habitat for other creatures.

‘We’re well aware the council is desperate for land to meet its housing targets, but it also has a responsibility to balance development with protecting our natural environment.’

Friends of the Earth: Election manifestos: the scores are in

The manifestos are out and so are our scores on how parties have done on the environment.

There are lots of issues close to our hearts at this election. It’s clear that the next 5 years are going to be crucial for protecting the environment.

Overall when we totted up the scores (from 0 to 3) for each policy the Greens came out well ahead, followed by Labour, then Lib Dems, with the Conservatives some way behind.

Updated scores

Conservatives: 11
Labour: 34
Liberal Democrats: 32
Greens: 46

Continue reading Friends of the Earth: Election manifestos: the scores are in

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