What Price An Unspoiled Landscape?
I absolutely understand all the arguments about Southampton docks being a vital part of our economy and all the jobs that it brings.
It enjoys a special status that takes it away from normal planning considerations.
However, there is a price to pay.
It’s a shame that some of our classic New Forest landscapes are now spoiled by the presence of the largest cranes in the world.
Whatever you think about the relative importance of both things, you cannot deny that it has a negative impact.
The impact may be even greater if ABP gets permission to develop Dibden Bay for port use.
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I do get a lot of complaints about noise nuisance from lorry traffic, especially in areas where residents are living close by to sites such as Marchwood Industrial Estate and Eling Wharf.