Following on from our report on the South Marine Plan becoming law, we have made further analysis of the detail. In brief the changes on which SPS may have had some influence would seem to be: Vision amended to be more relevant to SMP area. (Vision) More information on the Coastal Concordant. This may relate … Continue reading Annex to the report on changes to the South Marine Plan
We are interested to note this piece from the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership website. Parts of the sea defences on the Warblington shore line, compromised during last winter's storms, have been effectively repaired using a new technique. The repairs commenced on 1st August 2018 to the worst damaged sections of wall, where the concrete rendering … Continue reading Innovative sea defence repairs using ‘Concrete Canvas’
Proposals for new sea defences for the island city of Portsmouth are gaining increasing visibility among local residents, with two seemingly opposing views both now being publicly debated. This work is in response to the Environment Agency Flood Risk Assessment, which predicts the sea level rising by up to 1.2 metres within the next one … Continue reading City of Portsmouth – Flood Defences
The new report from the International Panel on Climate Change substantially confirms previous findings. Full details are available here. You can read the summary here.There is no disagreement among the authors about the confidence of the predictions. Only one dissenting author expressed disappointment at the lack of emphasis on mitigation and adaptation. There is no … Continue reading The new IPCC report.
A report on key marine activities has been published today by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). The Strategic Scoping Report (SSR) identifies natural resources and activities – both recreational and industrial – in England’s marine area, and will inform marine plans that are being developed to shape the future of our seas. The SSR is … Continue reading Marine Planning Strategic Scoping Report Published
Fawley Power Station Have you wondered what will happen to that magnificent 198 metre stack that is the chimney for Fawley Power Station, now that the station has ceased operation? The stack has become a Solent landmark, and navigational mark for ships and aircraft. RWE npower, the owners of Fawley, held a Community Event on … Continue reading Whither Fawley?
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Only 2 years ago, government seemed committed to a dash for wind energy as the best way to meet our climate change commitments. On that basis local authority planning processes were adjusted to facilitate the approval of windfarms. What seems to be happening now is that government thinking has changed, but local authority processes have … Continue reading A right wind-up?
Solent Protection Society has had a setback in organizing its programme. Late last year we decided that a conference with a title such as "Can we keep the lights on in the Solent?" would be a good idea. It turns out that the idea was too good. The best way to replace our ageing power … Continue reading Conference setback for SPS
Posted on 08 Jan 2009 IAN TOWNEND, Research Director, HR Wallingford "I am going to try to summarise the key points arising from today's Conference, and provide some pointers towards aspects that I think require further discussion. What is the status quo? Many marshes are stated to be in unfavourable condition relative to when they … Continue reading SPS Salt Marshes Conference Conclusions and Summing Up