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Change to fluorescent bulbs
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Havant gearing up for first ever eco festival

ECO MISSION Ray Cobbett, left, from Friends of the Earth, Havant Cllr Mike Fairhurst, centre, and Mark Willenbruch from the Havant Transition Network promoting Havant Goes Green festival

By Elise Brewerton
Published in the Portsmouth News – Wednesday 11th May 2011

THERE’S just weeks to go until a whole town turns green.

Council vans have all had the green message emblazoned on them ahead of the Havant Goes Greener week.

The borough council, along with eco group Havant Transition Network and Friends of the Earth, aim to show how small changes can make a difference.

Ray Cobbett, from Friends of the Earth, said: ‘We want to encourage changes like reducing waste, supporting local shops, using the bus or bike instead of the car, buying greener energy and caring for our open spaces.

‘Throughout the week and across the borough experts will share their knowledge on eco housing, recycling, grow-your-own fruit and veg, bee keeping, saving energy and money, alternative transport and getting active.’

It culminates in Havant Park with the Family Green Fair where there will be music and entertainment alongside dozens of stalls where you can buy green products.

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Southampton biomass plant plan to be revised

Published on the BBC News Website 26th April 2011

The developer planning to build a £300m biomass power station in Southampton has announced it will amend its plans and hold a second public consultation.

Helius Energy wants to build the 100 megawatt wood-fired plant at the city’s Western Docks.

The firm has said fuel would be “sustainably sourced” and the impact on air quality would be “negligible”.

But campaigners against the plan say the plant would be “visually intrusive” and increase transport congestion.

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Water company gets another huge fine for pollution



POLLUTION: The outfall pipe from Southern Water’s Budds Farm site into a stream running into Langstone Harbour

Published in the Portsmouth News on Friday 22nd April 2011

By Jeff Travis

A WATER firm has been ordered to pay out almost £100,000 for polluting a beauty spot.

Southern Water received a hefty fine after allowing raw sewage to spill into Langstone Harbour from Budds Farm – its massive treatment works at Havant.

The sewage, which had only been crudely screened, was illegally pouring into Brockhampton Creek for more than a year.

Southern Water pleaded guilty yesterday at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court to 16 illegal discharges between April 29, 2008, and September 2, 2009.

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