Monday, 2 September 2013
Friday, 21 June 2013
Thursday, 20 June 2013
If the MOD objects to the wind power station, due to its effect on its Radars, what would be the effect on bats?
I recently have received a reply from the MOD to a letter I wrote concerning the proposed wind power station. They have confirmed that they have written to all three district councils objecting to the Upper Norton Farm Wind Turbines for three reasons:
- impact on Air Traffic Control Radar at Middle Wallop and RAF Boscombe Down;
- the impact on the Precision Approach Radar at Middle Wallop;
- unacceptable effects on military activity on the Low Flying Area 1, within which the proposal lies.
The MOD has also advised me that, should EDF be able to overcome the MOD's objections and if planning permission is granted, then the MOD will insist that each turbine be fitted with aviation lighting.
A red sky at night would not be Whitchurch's delight, I fear.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
(update 24 May 2013)
As your County Councillor for Whitchurch and Clere, I am campaigning against this and have registered my objections .
You can read why I oppose wind farms in my earlier post here.
Taken from the Hampshire Chronicle:
EDF Energy Renewables has submitted a planning application to Winchester City Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough council and Test Valley Borough Council for a 14-turbines near Bullington Cross.
Douglas Paterson, chairman of Keep Hampshire Green, said: “It’s an appalling prospect for the beautiful Hampshire countryside. We think this is an appalling thing to do to your landscape and to your neighbours.
“This is all about money and people are becoming increasingly aware that this is a subsidy scam. This isn’t about energy or serving the land, it’s about harvesting subsidies and getting the snout in the trough.
“These turbines will be the height of Salisbury cathedral. So 14 of them with moving parts means the visual impact will be for a radius of about 20 miles.
“Everyone needs to hold fire until the application is officially registered, then we need as many objections as possible. I think we have a fair chance of winning this thing. We hope we can get it thrown out at the first planning committee because it’s just ridiculous.”
Under the proposals, seven of the turbines are located within the Winchester City Council area, four in Basingstoke and Deane and three in Test Valley.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
May I refer you back to a post I made last year?
and to my inTouch
(Whitchurch In Touch February 2013 )
The initial feasibility study has been completed. Our highways and our Countryside teams are looking at various low-cost right-of-way issues in the town, including looking at a footpath to Wells-in-the-Field."
I would be most interested to know your data source for saying the B3400 is one of the most dangerous roads in Hampshire - is the whole length of the B3400 or part of it referred to in that data? What does the data say in specific reference to cycling on B3400 between Whitchurch and Wells-in-the-Field?
Hampshire County Councillor,
Whitchurch and Clere Division
From the Resident:
As you know it has been raised several times that to travel between Whitchurch and Overton by cycle or by foot is extremely dangerous and the route needs improvement. There are people who want to make that journey but don't because of the lack of safe infrastructure.
The Wells-in-the-Field section has no paved footpath and Rotten Hill is a well-known local blackspot.
I believe the B3400 is amongst the top three most 'dangerous' roads in Hampshire - a statement repeated at the recent Basingstoke Cabinet Meeting that dealt with the proposed housing increases for Whitchurch and Overton.
The present growth in those settlements, together with the forthcoming opening of the gin distillery with its anticipated 100,000 visitors a year and associated lorry movements, will make this road even less fit- for-purpose as regards cycling and walking.
You are aware of lobbying before from local people who presented a petition and I now urge you and Hampshire County Council to act before a cyclist (or pedestrian) is killed on that stretch of road.
Will you support a safe segregated cycle and pedestrian route from Whitchurch to Overton including the Wells-in-the-Field stretch? If that were implemented not only would it provide both a safer route for both local employment and tourism needs but could also enable a safer route right through to Basingstoke, possibly as part of a Sustrans scheme.
I look forward to your reply.
Best wishes, etc
Monday, 18 March 2013
Hampshire County Council's street lighting replacement programme will be arriving in Hurstbourne Priors in autumn 2013, improving the town's streetlights with the latest energy efficient equipment.Much of the county's lighting stock is over 30 years old and needs replacing. As part of the improvement programme, 150,000 street lights, illuminated signs and bollards across Hampshire are being replaced or upgraded with the latest technology in energy saving lamps and dimming controls. Hampshire's new street lighting will also comply with Government targets for carbon reduction.
The new lighting in Hurstbourne Priors will see the replacement of approximately 17 lanterns.
The introduction of flexible lighting levels and white 'natural' lighting will result in:
- Better lighting clarity
- Less light pollution due to the new lights pointing downwards
- Improved road safety
- Improved personal security
- A reduction in carbon
Councillor Mel Kendal, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Transport and Environment said:
"A lot of preparation and planning has gone into the Hurstbourne Priors Street Lighting programme and we will try to keep disruption to a minimum. This means coordinating works with other schemes and ensuring that work on key roads is planned to take place outside of rush hour periods.
"This long term investment will help to improve the county's energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and cut carbon emissions. As well as replacing older lighting columns which are coming to the end of their life, the new lamps will improve lighting levels on the ground, reduce light pollution at night and help make people feel safer in town centres and residential streets.
"The project is an excellent example of using some of the latest technology to save energy costs and carbon emissions well into the future."