Report for Marchwood Parish Council – 7th December 2015
How time flies, …. it seems like only last week since I provided my last report… perhaps the surest sign yet of my advancing years !
Sea Mounting Centre
We now know that Solent Gateway are the people who will be looking to make commercial use of the sea mounting centre. The legal challenge by ABP has been withdrawn. Like you all, I am looking forward to finding out what the company have in mind. Whilst employment is welcome, we need to try and minimise any harmful impacts to the environment and local people. Hopefully, they will cme and see is early in the New Year and share their ideas.
The new planning application for a facility at Marchwood Industrial Estate wharf was due to be considered by the Regulatory Committee of Hampshire County Council this month, but has been put back until January. A site visit for members of the committee has taken place. I will speak against it. I am seeking to find out who is behind and why the recent traffic monitoring equipment on roads into Marchwood was set up. It may well be related.
This facility is now under the management of NACRO. I have had several visits to the college in recent months. I’m really hopeful that things can turn around. They are aiming to make the college a centre of excellence, concentrating on vocational skills and qualifications.
In previous reports, I referred to the financial challenges faced by the authority. In the recent Comprehensive Spending Review, the Chancellor recognised the difficulty facing authorities with Social Care responsibilities and is allowing them to precept for a 2% ring-fenced increase. I am caling for HCC to take full advantage of this because I think older, vulnerable people will suffer very badly unless sufficient funding is made available to care for them.
New Forest National Park Authority
There has been some disquiet about habitat restoration schemes that are located nearer to properties and I recently supported a decision to defer one, until further work had been carried out to help reassure nearby home owners and businesses about the likely flood impacts. Overall, there have been scores of successful projects in various locations across the forest, helping land that was judged to be in an unfavourable condition to the standard expected of an SSSI site.
The NPA recently got a major boost with a successful bid for Heritage Lottery funding, which will mean 5 years work improving the New Forest on a landscape scale. You can read all the details on the NPA website.
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It’s been a busy time for me on the run up to Christmas and the New Year, so I will provide just a short report, detailing my involvement in village related activities and am happy to try and answer any questions.
I have just returned from a Planning Meeting at New Forest District Council in which I proposed refusal of an application to build 80 new dwellings on the green field, north of Loperwood Lane.