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
Bembridge is a popular place for visitors both afloat and on land. It has a rural character and an atmosphere of great charm. On a beautiful evening, with the sun setting in the west, the tinkling of the yachts’ rigging and the call of the birds on the mudflats, it is hard to imagine change. … Continue reading Silting in Bembridge Harbour is a serious problem
This year our ‘Away Day’ to Eling Tide Mill took place on 7th October, a month later than usual in order to fit in with the availability of the Mill for a private visit. Eling is in the centre of our region, close to Totton, at the head of Southampton Water. There has been a … Continue reading Solent Protection Society ‘Away Day’ 2019
The Bembridge and St Helens area has an interesting history. The Harbour has been known historically as Brading Haven. In Roman times, small trading ships were worked up the Eastern River Yar to the quay at Brading. The estuary was much larger and extended across the area which is now Brading Marshes, forming a much … Continue reading A Postcard from Bembridge and St Helens.
The Beaulieu River marina at Buckler’s Hard will, over the next two winters, undergo major reconfiguration with a £2m investment. The project will be carried out in two out of season phases, with the first beginning this October and offering improved facilities and a greater number of more convenient walk-ashore berths by March. The second … Continue reading Reconfiguration of Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour
On Monday lunchtime, October 30th, the future HMS Queen Elizabeth made her first exit from Portsmouth Harbour watched by a large crowd of local residents and families of crew. Previous attempts to squeeze through the harbour entrance between the 'Still and West' and the Haslar shore had been postponed due to high winds - winds … Continue reading ‘Big Lizzie’ sets sail for the first time from Portsmouth Harbour
Five years ago, two sections of the Royal Navy's first new generation aircraft carrier left the shipbuilding yard in Portsmouth en route for Rosyth, where final assembly of the ship was to take place. It was to be the first time that a major ship for the Royal Navy would be built in sections, in multiple yards around the British Isles.
On Wednesday 16th August 2017, 'Big Lizzie' as she's already affectionately known, came home to her home base in Portsmouth for the first time, greeted by a large crowd of well wishers who'd turned out early to line the waterfront between Southsea Castle and Old Portsmouth. I wasn't the only member of the SPS Council up at 5:30 in the morning to be sure of a close up view. In fact, I'd been awake at 3:30 that morning and had checked on Marine Traffic so see whether she really was in the area. No doubt about it, clearly spinning her wheels in Freshwater Bay, waiting for the tide and the waiting crowds.
The MMO has updated its Harbour Orders Public Register, and it now includes the present situation with respect to the Lymington Breakwater. Click here for details
Chichester Harbour Management Plan review - now open for your comments #AONB http://t.co/5OBdx3oU5X
Sotonmakesmoresense @makesmoresense 21 May Great news.. we are now going to start dredging in the Solent in June