PHOTOS OF WESTBOURNE PAST

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The Local History Group has just completed a major upgrade of the PHOTOS section and there are many new photos to view, comment on and add information about.

Please have a look.

There are gaps and weaknesses in the collection.

Please let us copy any old photos that you have so we can improve the collection further.

Roger Wilding WLHG

A record 203 Christmas trees recycled!

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Greening Westbourne thank residents for bringing a record 203 Christmas trees for recycling yesterday and a big thank you once again to tree surgeon Mike Reed.

The chippings will be used on the Hampshire Farm Meadows allotment site. Your kind donations were also very welcome and will help us to keep working on local action to protect our environment.

Next meeting Tue 29 January, 7.30pm at the White Horse.

Christmas Church Services

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Sunday, 23 December        7.00pm   Nine Lessons and Carols
Monday, 24 December       4.00pm   Crib Service
11.30pm   Christmas communion
Tuesday, 25 December
Christmas Day                    8.00am and 9.30am (St John the Baptist)
11.15am (Woodmancote)

Light Up Long Copse Lane!

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As the expected application period for the proposed development of 260 houses draws closer, we’re planning to show everyone how much we all Love Long Copse Lane by planting thousands of daffodils and other bulbs along the verges to create a fantastic spectacle in spring time.

Help us plant the bulbs

On Saturday 3rd November, 10am – 1pm we’re all meeting to plants the bulbs and we need all the help we can get! Please come along and help. Find us on Facebook and tell us you’re coming to the event if you can.

Please also tell your friends and family and spread the word!

Bring a spade/tools and gloves if you can.

Donate for daffodils

We’re also looking for donations to buy even more daffodils – we want it to be a huge spectacle so that media and local press cover it, highlighting the plight of the Save Long Copse Lane campaign.

  • £27 buys 500 daffodils
  • £20 buys 300 daffodils
  • £10 buys 100 daffodils

Donate here, entering the amount you wish to donate in Paypal:

http://www.savelongcopselane.org.uk/daffodil-donation/ 

So, help us to Light Up Long Copse Lane!

Thank you all in advance, we really appreciate your continued support!

Save Long Copse Lane

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Long Copse Lane is at the centre of a planning proposal that will change its character forever. On the very edge of the South Downs National Park, Long Copse Lane and the surrounding Hollybank fields are home to a diverse range of wildlife, some of which are found in very few other locations in the UK. People call this area home, and as a committee we’re very concerned about the effect a development of 260 houses will have on its delicate balance.

We’ve come together to fight the proposed development and save Long Copse Lane for everyone.

Visit our campaign website fr

Westwood Close Planning Application

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Westwood Close residents are facing an unwelcome planning application which has been submitted by Hampshire Homes. 

They would be pleased for our support. Follow this link to view their planning application leaflet. It gives all the details of where to write/email to and their major objection points.

The following is from the Portsmouth News article:

CAMPAIGNERS have called for a planning application to be deferred to the Environment Agency amid fears a development could lead to flooding.  Residents have said Hampshire Homes’ plans for 46 homes east of Westwood Close, in Emsworth, could ‘pose a serious threat’ to the local water table after they were lodged with Havant Borough Council (HBC).

The build is pencilled for flood zone one land close to the River Ems – which according to the Environment Agency has less than a 0.1 per cent chance of flooding.  However, areas surrounding the site fall into flood zones two and three – which face a one per cent chance or greater of flooding from rivers in any given year.

Chairman of Havant Friends of the Earth, Ray Cobbett, says the proposals must be deferred so a development’s full, potential impact on the River Ems can be assessed.  ‘The potential consequences of dumping two acres of concrete beside the river are too horrifying to imagine,’ he said. ‘Apart from raising the water table to affect surrounding land there is the impact of pollution and its effect on the Brook Meadow Nature Reserve downstream of the housing site.’

The July application came in the same month the National Planning Policy Framework was updated to encourage development only where it will ‘enhance’ the environment.  Mr Cobbett – along with Westwood Close resident Rosie Lefevre – both believe this proposal would fail to do that.  ‘We know homes are needed, but we don’t believe this site can take it,’ Rosie said.  ‘This land is not ploughed and it does flood – it’s a sponge. And I worry the developers are not aware of exactly what can happen there.’

Developers and locals clash over proposed Emsworth homes Despite fears, property consultant Bryan Jezeph, on behalf of Hampshire Homes, said he believes there is ‘no issue with flooding’ and the revised NPPF ‘has not changed anything in respect of development’.  On the notion of an application referral, a spokesperson for HBC said it has consulted with 35 organisations on the plans – including  ecologists, the Environment Agency and Natural England.  It confirmed the plans would be assessed against the NPPF in its entirety and residents can comment on the application by August 22, by visiting bit.ly/2OH8NFM

Read more at: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/havant/calls-to-defer-emsworth-homes-plan-to-environment-agency-amid-horrifying-flood-and-nature-risks-1-8591097

 

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan (NP)

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After a three to four month delay – over which we had no control – the Examiner’s Report was finally received on 3rd April. Based on the hearing back in October, which appeared to go smoothly, we had expected the Report to be relatively benign and that, after making a few amendments, we would be able to take the NP to referendum. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and it would seem that further work is needed before the people of Westbourne can finally have their say as to whether the Plan is adopted as a statutory planning document. Rest assured we will continue to keep you informed and, should you require any further details, please do not hesitate to contact one of the members of the NP Steering Group.

 

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group