Solent Protection Society (SPS) has analysed the Environment Agency (EA) annual data for sewage overflow spills in 2020 and has extracted the spills that flow into the Solent either directly of from its tidal rivers and estuaries. This data is more comprehensive than the useful but limited information from Southern Water’s Beachbuoy web application To … Continue reading Analysis of more than 40,000 hours of sewage discharge into the Solent during 2020
Southern Water's Beachbuoy real time mapping of combined sewage outfall (CSO) spills is a great addition to the information to residents using the seas around the shores of the Solent. It gives warning of possible pollution close to the outfalls, all of which are identified on the system. It shows when a spill starts and … Continue reading Treat Southern Water’s Beachbuoy with caution.
Solent Protection Society is extremely disappointed at the actions taken by the Government in voting against the House of Lords amendment to the Environment Bill. This was in direct contravention to a statement given last March that promised "Measures to reduce sewage discharges from storm overflows will be put into law, the government confirmed today … Continue reading SPS position on the changes to the Environment Bill – October 2021
Image © Pascal Bredel / MarineTraffic Last month, 'The Wonder of the Seas' was towed out of the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, before being put through her paces on the open seas. In spring 2022, she will be Europe bound for a series of trips around the Mediterranean, departing from Rome and … Continue reading Another ‘world’s largest cruise ship’ takes to the sea
On 14th October 2021 Southampton Harbour Master issued a temporary Notice to Mariners expected to last six months banning any vessels from manoeuvring within 5 metres of Eling wharf. This was caused by the state of disrepair of the wooden part of the quay. The state of the quay has been of concern for at … Continue reading Eling Creek – Temporary exclusion zone
After the usual team effort by the SPS Council members, the editor has finished wielding his blue pencil, the final copy has arrived back from the printer, a large number of stamps and address labels have been applied by our secretary and the latest glossy Solent Protection Society Newsletter has been put in the safe … Continue reading The SPS Autumn 2021 Newsletter is here!
The iconic landmark at Calshot is due to be demolished in a single controlled event on Sunday October 31st. "For more than 50 years it has dominated the local skyline – but at the end of the month the iconic Fawley power station chimney will be blown up. Demolition company Brown and Mason have been … Continue reading Calshot Chimney demolition date set for October 31st
In the 2021 March budget, the Solent was shortlisted as the potential site for one of eight Freeports to be set up in the United Kingdom. The Government’s Freeport ‘Bid Prospectus’ set out the overall scale of a Freeport and demonstrated how the maximum ‘outer boundary’, a 45Km circle, could fit with the geography of … Continue reading The Solent Freeport puts our focus back on Dibden Bay
August 2021 In June we posted an article on the much improved Southern Water Beachbuoy realtime monitoring of spills into the seas around our coast. The data is limited to which spills might affect bathing water beaches as this comes under more stringent legislation.. During May and June we logged all the spills into the … Continue reading Solent Combined Sewage Outfall (CSO) spills
Until recently, Southern Water's Beachbuoy web page has been a simple facility, limited to just a few sites and arguably simply a PR exercise given the criticism frequently levelled at the company. Over the past few weeks however, we have been pleased to see that the basic function of the original page has been replaced … Continue reading Southern Water’s ‘Beachbuoy’ spill monitoring