Emergency exercise taking place on Hamble

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MEMBERS of the public are being warned about an emergency exercise taking place on the River Hamble.

The oil-spill response exercise is being carried out by the River Hamble Authority from today until Thursday.

It will be based on a scenario on the water near the M27 bridge, between junctions eight and nine at Segensworth, and will involve the deployment of oil booms upstream and downstream of the bridge.

The main channel will remain open at all times, but access may be slightly restricted by the booms, which will be manned.

Some booms will be left in place overnight but will not be in a position to endanger navigation. They will be illuminated and a boat patrol will be on station throughout.

Public notices have been issued.

The river authority is managed by Hampshire County Council for the benefit of all its users.

For more information about the River Hamble Harbour Authority visit hants.gov.uk/hambleharbour/harbour-authority.htm