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Portsmouth’s coastal defences scheme is a winner

PRAISE has been heaped on a coastal defence project which is in development across the north of Portsea island.

Residents from Yoells Crescent in Lovedean pictured in March as they campaigned against four new homes being built. The plans have now gone through.
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150562-2)

‘Heartbreak’ as Lovedean homes are given go-ahead

A mum who has spent four years trying to stop houses being built in a neighbouring garden says she is devastated they have been given the green light.


Collect your plant bulbs

PEOPLE are being invited to collect some free plant bulbs to brighten up their area.

The clean-up operation starts on Southsea Common on Monday after Victorious
Picture: Malcolm Wells (150831-2632)

There’s an awful smell on Southsea Common!

CONCERNS have been raised about the state Southsea Common has been left in after Victorious Festival.


From left, founder and organiser of Portsmouth Summer Fair Chris Kennett, Mike Maybury, Viva campaigns manager Justin Kerswell, Portsmouth Summer Fair mascot, Pip Markey, Ali Yildirim, Mario Oliveros and Kelly Kemp, all co-operative directors at Wild Thyme in Southsea 
Picture: Sarah Standing (151467-3409)

Summer fair

PORTMOUTH’s biggest green fair is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The two protected trees that a company in East Street, Havant, wants to fell

Havant company defends bid to fell two trees

A COMPANY has defended its bid to fell mature trees in a conservation area.

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South Downs National Park will form a barrier to development north of Portsmouth

Spread of Portsmouth conurbation into the South Downs is restricted

THE growth northwards of Portsmouth’s urban sprawl looks to have reached its limit.

Fly-tipping in Mill Lane on Portsdown Hill

Taxpayers’ bill soars to £346k to tackle ‘filthy’ fly-tippers in Portsmouth

THOUSANDS of fly-tippers in the Portsmouth area are costing taxpayers almost £350,000 – with only a handful of culprits ever being punished, fresh figures have shown.


New show focuses on climate change

A theatre company is highlighting the issues around climate change for a new show this autumn.


New cycle track will link east to west

A NEW cycle track which will provide a link across a town is due to open.


Community solar farm in Bishop’s Waltham gets the green light

A LARGE solar farm which will invite its neighbours to invest in shares and start a community ownership programme has been approved by councillors.

Land off Britannia Way in Gosport which houses a former munitions store

Land owner lodges appeal after Gosport council reject Grand Designs-style home

THE battle to build a house on a former cordite magazine continues as the land owner appeals Gosport council’s decision to reject his latest plan.


Portsmouth flood defence project wins Environment Agency award

The coastal defence project being developed across the north of Portsea Island has won an award at the Environment Agency’s National Project Excellence Awards.

The flat-pack bridge at Berewood in Waterlooville Picture: Stuart Boreham

History is made with a huge flat-pack bridge

WORK to install a history-making bridge to reduce children’s walking time to school is almost complete.


Resident Ann Buckley next to the former Town End House in Havant

Row breaks out in Havant over bid to chop down trees to get more sunlight to solar panels

A ROW has broken out over whether trees should be chopped down to allow more light to reach solar panels.


From left: Casper Baker-Newman, Pawel Porebski, Maja Porebski, Dillan Baker-Newman and Kate Ormerod with their grass heads at Greens caf� Southsea. Picture: Chloe Ellis

Introduce children to the fun of growing

Chloe Ellis, from Portsmouth Together, wants children to enter the grass heads competition

Eastney swimming gala at Langstone Harbour in 2013 

Picture: Anthony Leggett

Anger as swimming gala is cancelled again over pollution fears in Langstone Harbour

AN ANNUAL swimming gala was cancelled for the second year running over ongoing concerns about pollution in Langstone Harbour.


Cllr Tony Briggs and environment ranger Nic Horton put up the glow-in-the-dark posters in Havant borough

Fresh row over dog fouling in Portsmouth as figures show only three fines have been issued this year

FRESH concerns have been raised that Portsmouth City Council is not doing enough to punish dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets.


Scientists discover new species of parasite

Scientists from the University of Portsmouth have discovered a new species of brain-altering parasite in Langstone Harbour.

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Cllr Tony Briggs and environment ranger Nic Horton put up the glow-in-the-dark posters in Havant borough

More rain on the way, say weathermen video

Weathermen say heavy rain will continue to lash the Portsmouth area.


Mark Ward with his five-prize winning dahlias

Successful day at 75th Purbrook Horticultural Society summer show video

HORTICULTURISTS have been showing off their skills at a popular show.


Blue Reef Aquarium’s event to showcase crustaceans

Weird and wonderful crabs and lobsters from around the world will be on show at the Blue Reef Aquarium this weekend as part of its Claws – Incredible Crustaceans event.

Potholes on the A27  between Chichester and Portsmouth

Urgent pothole repairs ‘before Christmas’

URGENT repair work on dangerous potholes will go ahead at Christmas, the government has confirmed.

Recyling rates are low in Portsmouth and Gosport

Recycling figures for Portsmouth are half the national rate

RECYCLING rates in Portsmouth are nearly half the national average.


Carry on recycling during the summer

The Recycle for West Sussex team is encouraging people to recycle more of their waste over the summer.

A big Little Tern around as bird makes amazing comeback

ONE of the rarest seabirds in the country has made a remarkable comeback.

Mengham play park, Hayling Island

Spinning orbits and air riders in revamped children’s park

A DREAM to refurbishment an island’s run-down play parks is becoming reality as the first reopens after an £80,000 makeover.


Winners Merial Sprake and Nick Pattenden, from Alexander Grove, Fareham.

Bloomin’ marvellous gardens take prizes

Beautiful begonias, colourful geraniums and neat lawns were just some of the highlights in Nick Pattenden and Meriel Sprake’s garden.

Winners Merial Sprake and Nick Pattenden, from Alexander Grove, Fareham.

Meet the babies!

A rare species of fish found in only one place in the world has given birth for the first time at Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

Bin bags left by the Hermitage Stream in Leigh Park. It followed a litter pick by Havant Borough Council workers.

Leigh Park cleaner hits out at council over £75 fine for dropping cigarette

A MAN fined £75 for dropping a cigarette has accused a council of ‘double standards’ after rubbish was left to fester at a beauty spot.


From left, president Nigel Campkin, Julie Milford, who is in charge of junior rugby, and secretary Alan Newton

Ambitious new £1.5m plans for world-class facilities at rugby club

A RUGBY club is launching an ambitious £1.5m bid in the hope of becoming the best venue on the south coast.

Big retailer has town in its sights for new distribution centre

ONE of the country’s biggest retailers wants to set up a distribution base in Havant.


Fly-tipping in Purbrook Heath

Beauty spots left blighted by fly-tipping

PEOPLE fed up with fly-tipping blighting beauty spots are asking – when will it end?

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REJUVENATION The 18th-century Gazebo Garden in East Street, Havant, will now be overseen by the Havant Civic Society

New lease of life for Gazebo
Garden in centre of Havant

A group whose mission it is to conserve and cherish Havant’s heritage has set up a new division called ‘Friends of the Gazebo Garden’.


BUZZ ABOUT BEES Olivia and James Rowe enjoying the bee exhibition at Cumberland House Natural History Museum in Southsea.

New observational beehive to open at Cumberland House Natural History Museum after two years of fundraising

A new observational beehive will officially be opened at Cumberland House Natural History Museum in Southsea this month.

The illegal rubbish dump set up by Barry Peach at a farm in Menslands Lane, Hambledon

Man allowed his fields to be used as illegal dump

A MAN has admitted running an illegal waste dump in a picturesque part of the South Downs.


Five country parks in Hampshire awarded prestigious Green Flag status

FIVE country parks have been awarded prestigious Green Flag status for their high standards and good facilities.


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