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Plans for exploratory drilling between Wisborough Green and Kirdford rejected

Wisborough Green Campaigners

Villagers wept with relief as plans for exploratory drilling between Kirdford and Wisborough Green were thrown out by the county council today (Tuesday 22nd July).

Almost 100 members of the public cheered, wept and hugged each other as West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee rejected Celtique’s bid for a temporary well off Kirdford Road near Northup Copse.

Planning officers had recommended the application be refused on highways safety and capacity grounds and councillors concurred.

After the meeting Phil Donoghue, who spoke in opposition on behalf of Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green, said: “We are absolutely delighted, but we do understand it’s round one, but the council have decided in the way we wanted them to.”

He said they expected Celtique could appeal against the decision, but he hoped they would abandon the site and find somewhere more suitable.

Actress Sue Jameson, who has lived in Wisborough Green for more than 30 years, added: “It’s been 18 months of nervous hell really and anxiety about the horrors to come.”

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Ash dieback disease finally reaches Hampshire

Ash dieback finally reaches Hampshire

Ash dieback finally reaches Hampshire

Published in the Hampshire Chronicle on 18th July 2014

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Andrew Napier
THE first case of ash dieback disease has been found in Hampshire.

The disease has been discovered at the Alice Holt Forest in the north-east of the county more than two years after it was first found in the UK.

Hampshire had been one of the last counties in England to be free of the disease.

Conservationists are worried it could devastate the ash population in the same way Dutch Elm Disease wiped out elm trees in the 1970s.

A Forestry Commission spokesman said the case was believed to have been long-established rather than a new tree being planted.

There is a forestry research station at Alice Holt Forest. “It is no surprise the first instance would turn up in a place like Alice Holt because it has a lot of visits by foresters and researchers,” he said.

He said infected trees would only be cut down if there was a public safety issue.

Ash trees make up 1.4 per cent of Alice Holt Forest so the immediate impact is not expected to be great.

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Huge solar farm could be built next to A3(M)

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The solar farm is being planned for land at Hazleton Farm, close to the A3(M). Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Published in the Portsmouth News on 16th July 2014 


ONE of the biggest solar farms in the area is being planned for land close to the A3(M).

Resource Parks Limited is proposing to build 60,000 panels on around 120 acres of land at Hazleton Farm, off the B2149 between Horndean and Rowlands Castle.

But the same farm, on land further north, has also been earmarked for 700 new homes and a host of much-needed community facilities.

Some community leaders are wondering if the two are appropriate side by side and Rowlands Castle Parish Council has urged a full environmental impact assessment is carried out.

Resource Parks Limited has not submitted formal plans yet, but has submitted a detailed report and is asking East Hampshire District Council whether an environmental assessment is needed.

A statement said: ‘The parish council considered would strongly support the requirement for a Full Environmental Impact Assessment, especially given the effect the proposed 50-hectare site of 3m-high reflective material might have on the surrounding area.’

It adds the development would be near the proposed reservoir at Havant Thicket.

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