During the past year the Solent Protection Society (SPS) has been investigating the impact of pollution on the Solent. This is a huge subject covering everything from shipping to plastic, sewerage to chemicals, noise to pleasure craft disturbance. We have looked particularly at how pollution gets into the Solent and what action is being taken … Continue reading Pollution in its many forms
Our progress report The English Coastal Path (South) is part of the proposal by Natural England (NE) to achieve as full a coastal path as possible (as required by the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009) along the area bordering the Solent. It is part of the coastal path project whichcovers the whole of England. … Continue reading The Proposed English Coast Path (South)
Report of progress 27 May 2020 Due to Covid 19 all consultation dates had been put on hold until further notice so we did not submit our comments on 13th May as planned. It has now been announced that all consultations should be submitted by 9th June 2020. While Natural England (NE) have improved access … Continue reading Coastal Path South – General and Isle of Wight Consultation.
SPS was made aware of concerns regarding the imminent preach of the sea defences and lack of action at Southmore Lane, Langstone. Havant BC had released a press notice last week announcing £376,000 funding had been secured for options appraisal for coastal defence study at Langstone because of flood risk for 86 homes and Hayling … Continue reading Langstone Sea Defences
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.
Hannah Mossman's presentation to the SPS Council and invited guests on 3rd March bubbled with enthusiasm for the subject, and clear technical understanding.It was yet another step in the efforts of SPS to understand the issues arising from saltmarsh loss in the Solent. This interest was focussed in a conference that SPS organised in 2008. … Continue reading Can we create saltmarsh?
The RYA have published details of a DEFRA announcement of the next tranche of MCZs to be investigated. We agree with RYA that the decision to include the management measures in the consultation process is to be welcomed. Sites at Bembvidge; Norris to Ryde ( Osborne Bay); Yarmouth to Cowes; and the Needles are all … Continue reading MCZ tranche 2 update
The presentations given at the ABP Mer Conference in November (and the formal proceedings) are now available for download via Linked In. The conference report is available from the Resources section of this website (go to Proceedings where SPS is a sponsor or participant) The conference, for which Solent Protection Society was one of the … Continue reading Habitat Creation Conference presentation downloads available
This is a good news story about cooperation between the voluntary sector and government agencies. Steps have been agreed which will be carried out to reduce the risk of a breach of the delicate part of the sand spit known as The Hinge at East Head, at the mouth of Chichester Harbour. At a time … Continue reading Work to Start at East Head