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New Product from WLHG

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The Local History Group is pleased to announce a new product – a CD (to be) of scans of it’s out-of-print booklets. Full details on the Group’s Publications webpage.

Two could be said to be serious reference works – “The Poor of the Parish” and  “The Westbourne Union”.

“Westbourne Then and Now” is essentially a book of photos contrasting Westbourne’s appearance between 1900 and 1990.

The last is the first booklet produced by the Group, “Trades People” and has been reprinted with additions. It is included for it’s novelty value and because some of the illustrations have changed.

Currently only available at a bargain price by Internet File transfer.

WESTBOURNE LOCAL HISTORY DAY – MORE TO COME

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The History Day went well.

We had lots of visitors, lots of interest and some nice compliments, which made all the hard work worthwhile.

The news is that we have committed to do the show again at Emsworth Museum. This will be for a much longer period thus Group members may not always be available but Query Forms and Museum Stewards will be. The scale may be slightly reduced due to space constraints, but will include as much as we can possibly squeeze in.

The dates are April 4 to 23, at weekends, Easter Monday and St. Georges Day.

Any further details will appear here and on the Emsworth Museum Website as available.

WESTBOURNE LOCAL HISTORY DAY SATURDAY 18 JANUARY 2020

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WESTBOURNE LOCAL HISTORY DAY

AT

THE PARISH HALL, WESTBOURNE, PO10 8UL

ON

SATURDAY 18 JANUARY 2020, 11.00 – 16.00.

 

The Westbourne Local History Group presents a working exhibition of its interests in uncovering and recording the history of Westbourne, featuring

 

“Old Maps, New Names – The route to Emsworth and Westbourne via Cinsworth and Eastbourne”.

 

“The Lost Shops and Businesses of Westbourne”.

 

“The Watermills of Westbourne”.

 

Help chronicle the Watermills that existed in Westbourne, and help record the existence and demise of other businesses of Westbourne through old photographs and other media. Bring anything that you wish to be identified, and contribute your knowledge about the extensive collections on view.

Free Entry.    Publication Sales.  Light Refreshments.   Free (limited) Parking

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

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!

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