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1 Making a difference in Lee Members Newsletter for March 2017 Upcoming events New developments Local information Current Committee Members

2 INDEX ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS Annual General Meeting & Subscription increase 8 Q&A session with councillors 5 Social Event 9 Gosport Marine Festival 30 Lee Historic Walk and Talk 12 Saturday Club for older people in Lee-on-Solent 32 Upcoming events 4 Wildlife and wilderness art exhibition 19 GENERAL A History of HMS Daedalus 10 A question to our M.P. 21 Artefacts and Historic items for display in Lee Library 10 Chairman s report 5 Citizens Advice Gosport volunteers needed 12 Cover page photographs 22 Fundraising in Gazebo loans 12 It s getting warmer wildlife 14 Lee Voluntary Care Group 13 Membership 29 Obituary Geoff Pell 10 Scams 18 HEALTH UPDATES 28 LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS Defibrilator 12 Alver Valley Country park 11 Cycle racks 12 Former Daedalus sports field 7 Grange road recycling centre 11 Village Green application for Victoria Square 32 DAEDALUS Development 23 2

3 DAEDALUS cont.. Business on Daedalus 25 Solent Airport, Daedalus 24 Hovercraft museum 24 Fareham Innovation Centre 32 LEE-ON-SOLENT JUNIOR SCHOOL, LATEST PERFORMANCE FIGURES 27 PLANNING Local planning applications 21 Temporary mobile phone mast near CEMAST 31 POLICING 31 PUBLIC TRANSPORT Concessionary bus passes 16 Some alternative transport options in Lee 16 The sad story of Lee s diminishing bus service 13 ROADS 20 CHAIRMAN CURRENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS (as on 1st March, 2017) Martin Marks DEPUTY CHAIRMAN & SECRETARY TREASURER Pam Ingram Antoinette Ashworth COMMITTEE MEMBERS Stuart Ashworth Chris Austin Michael Chapman Ray Harding Caroline Hodkinson Richard Mackay Brian Mansbridge Alison Roast Zoe Wakefield Membership, volunteers and public transport Road etc infrastructure Events Fundraising, publicity & liaison with Lee Business Association Health Newsletter Planning & Daedalus liaison Planning & Daedalus liaison Education All committee members can be contacted by at by mail to 24, Swanage Road, Lee-on-Solent, PO13 9JW or via our secretary on Stuart Ashworth maintains the membership list and can be contacted at or by phone on

4 UPCOMING EVENTS Annual General Meeting and talk by Cathy Hicks, Daedalus Airfield Manager Tuesday, 28 th March at 7:30 p.m. in the Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Admission is restricted to members (free of charge) Lee Community Table Top BOOST events The events are held on the third Wednesday of each month in the Methodist Church Hall, Lee between 9:00a.m. and 12:30p.m. Full details can be found on the website under the Events tab Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Plan Talk by Richard Samuel on plans to change health and care and how they might affect us locally. Tuesday, 23 rd May at 7:30 p.m. in the Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Admission is free to members, 2 per guest Maritime and Coastguard Agency A talk on the work of the Coastguards by a member of the MCA Tuesday, 27 th June at 7:30 p.m. in the Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Admission is free to members, 2 per guest Hovercraft Museum Warwick Jacobs will talk about the Hovercraft Museum Tuesday, 26 th September at 7:30 p.m. in the Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Admission is free to members, 2 per guest Lee Historic Walk and Talk Walks take place monthly on the first Tuesday of every month in addition to Heritage Open Days (7 th to 10 th September). They start from Elmore Car Park at 10 a.m. and last about 90 minutes. Full details can be found on the Lee Residents website. Walk leaders are Ray Harding, Anthony Stutchbury, David Kitching and Jonathan Moore 4

5 CHAIRMAN S REPORT IFA2 & Fareham Borough Council As most members will be aware Fareham Borough Council s planning committee decided on 23 rd January to approve the preliminary application for the IFA2 buildings and the final application for the associated cabling. The chairs of Lee, Peel Common and Hill Head Residents Associations were eventually allowed 5 minutes each to speak at the meeting but by joining forces and splitting the topics made this into a joint deputation of 15 minutes. Further details can be found in the Planning Report on page 24. One should congratulate Councillor Jon Butts on his integrity in listening carefully, taking notes (isn t this what they are all supposed to do?) and eventually, with one other, voting against the application to give a 7 to 2 result. The committee chair even seemed annoyed by Jon s questions. The Council argued that their Local Plan and Strategic Gap requirements which limit development did not apply to IFA2 as it was of national importance. The latter just happens to be the trigger for a calling in procedure also covered further under the Planning Report. Fingers crossed. Then just 4 days later the same committee decided to throw out two large applications for housing development as being completely contrary to their Local Plan because they are to be built in an area designated as countryside. This is appalling and surely this warrants an enquiry into local authority governance and scrutiny? So, massive building with mega bucks yes; developers houses no. Martin Marks QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSIONS WITH OUR COUNCILLORS On 24 th January Councillors Piers Bateman, Graham Burgess and John Beavis answered questions from members at the Methodist Church Hall. Amongst the questions raised were the following: The Christmas lights in the High Street were dull and those on the lamp posts too high up, the tree was poor and the shops were not lit up. LRA should not spend money on a Social event for members but should pay for a better Christmas tree. It was explained that the lights were rotated around the various shopping streets in Gosport so we had different ones each year. John Beavis and Graham Burgess had put a lot of work into organising the market, road closures etc. but unfortunately Lee Business Association had not been very active or involved. Some businesses had generously supported the event. Congratulations had been received from many people on the event. It was pointed out that the LRA Social event was substantially funded from the sale of raffle tickets to members attending the event. Members were then asked if they would prefer to cancel the Social event next year and use the saving as contribution towards a Christmas tree. All but the one member who had raised the concern indicated that they wished to retain the Social event and Graham Burgess said there will be a real tree in Can we stop people parking on grass verges? It was pointed out that the grass verges are the responsibility of HCC and the cost of policing parking would be prohibitive. Why is Marine Parade East to be closed? To enable repairs to the road surface particularly at the edges. 5

6 What can be done about dog poo? More than 90% of dog owners do clear up after their dogs but a small minority do not. As a result GBC is bringing in more stringent rules. It is hard to police but where the public has reported problems to Streetscene it has had some success as it seemed some people were consistent offenders and used the same area regularly. The dog free area on the beach adjacent to the children s play area will be extended though owners will be allowed to walk dogs along the promenade. Can overnight sleeping in vehicles/motor homes/caravans on Marine Parade be stopped? It is not illegal for people to sleep in vehicles on the highway. It is an offence to discharge waste on to the road but as long as the vehicle complies with parking regulations and is taxed, no action can be taken. Can more be done to stop parking that does not comply with the published restrictions? Parking in Gosport has not been decriminalised as is the case in the rest of Hampshire. This means that only the police can enforce on-street parking (GBC can, and do, enforce parking in Council owned car parks). At the moment there is only one parking warden to cover all of Gosport and the costs are shared between the police and GBC. However parking, unless dangerous, is not a high priority for the police. The follow-on question was about why parking in Gosport is not decriminalised. An investigation was held some years ago and it would cost around 350,000 to comply with all the legal requirements to decriminalise parking. Neither GBC nor the police could afford this amount. It was suggested that this should be looked at again and the Councillors agreed to do this. It was pointed out that any vehicle causing an obstruction can be reported to the police on the 101 line. No immediate action will be taken but the police review all 101 calls monthly and where there are a number of reports from one area they will focus on that. If a vehicle is causing a real problem the police can trace the owner and have the car moved. Why are street lights less bright? This is to save costs whilst still leaving adequate light to see by. What can be done about jet skis not keeping within the marker buoys and boats dragging the buoys away? The Marine Police unit and Queen s Harbour Master are responsible for monitoring this. If a watercraft ignores the marker buoys or tries to move them you can call 101; or 999 if there is a danger to life. Coastwatch also keeps an eye on the jet skis and reports any incidents. However, in reality it was exceptionally difficult to police as, even if there is an immediate response, it is likely to be some time before the police or QHM can get to the scene and once they are seen approaching, any infringement is likely to cease. A member of the audience wished to congratulate the Councillors on supporting Parkrun, an excellent and well supported event. Also for providing a good number of benches well spread out along the seafront. N.B. Parkrun is a 5 kilometre run along the seafront which takes place every Saturday morning and is open to people of all ages and degrees of fitness. What will be happening next to Newgate Lane? The next phase will be a new road running from the Collingwood playing field and exiting at the Peel Common roundabout. More details can be seen on page 20. What is being done about congestion at the exits from Speedfields retail park (ASDA etc.) and at Peel Common roundabout? 6

7 HCC are carrying out a study into the problems at Speeedfields Retail Park. To some extent it has been caused by traffic approaching the roundabout faster than previously, resulting in drivers leaving the retail park being reluctant to pull out. There does not seem to be an easy solution to the problems. The timing of the lights at Peel Common roundabout has been changed and a member of the audience mentioned that the situation was much improved. Why are flower baskets along seafront up so high? They have been the same height for many years and this is needed to be safe for pedestrians. What is the position about the mobile phone mast near the CEMAST College? This is a temporary installation for six months which does not require planning or other permission. If a mast is to be permanently erected planning permission will be required. How many more homes will there be on Daedalus? There are plans for 200, 80 of which are allocated to the starter homes scheme. A starter home is a home sold to a local first time buyer under 40, for at least a 20% discount to market value, the discounts apply to properties worth up to 250,000 outside London. It is also hoped that the wardroom building will be converted into a hotel. This leaves a further 49 homes to be built within the agreed plan. Do the national census figures have an effect on school places? The census figures plus any planned development are taken into account when planning school places. As part of the planning process a developer may be required to fund extra school places. Is there a back-up plan if central government does not call in the plan for IFA2? A lot of effort including by our MP and local councillors has been expended in trying to get the plan called in. If that fails then there is no other option and the outline planning decision remains in place. What effect will the magnetic field from the power cables for IFA2 have on the airport users? The consultants employed by Fareham Borough Council said it would not affect compasses but Britten Norman and Jon Butts (previously the Chairman of Lee Flying Association) disagreed with this. Is there not a legal implication if the draft report to FBC on the implications of IFA2 were changed by FBC? It was not suggested that FBC had changed the consultant s report but there is some indication that the original draft report was delayed and changed by the consultants after input from FBC. It is up to the airfield users to identify problems and refer them to the CAA. As Daedalus is an Enterprise Zone, will IFA2 not jeopardise development of the business park? It is a risk but FBC has shown no concern over this. FORMER DAEDALUS SPORTS FIELD As mentioned in the last newsletter the field off Manor Way, now in the ownership of Gosport Borough Council (GBC), has been empty for some time following removal of the horses previously kept there. GBC Community Board will be making a recommendation on the best use of this land. We understand this will be in the second half of this year. 7

8 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND SUBSCRIPTION INCREASE The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place on 28 th March 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Methodist Church Hall in the High Street. Following the formal part of the meeting Cathy Hicks, Daedalus Airfield Manager will give a talk and answer questions about the airfield and its operation. In the last newsletter we said there would be a proposal to increase membership subscriptions. Since then, we have again examined all aspects of our budget and, in particular, the cost of printing newsletters which is by far the largest single cost. We have identified an alternative printer who is not only cheaper but at the lower price can print all pages in colour. As a result we will not be proposing an immediate increase but asking for authority to implement one not exceeding 2 for a single or couple s membership to come into effect on or after 1 st January We will delay as long as we can with fiscal prudence. As of today, we are hopeful that we may not have to make use of this authority for a few years if cost reductions remain effective and that even when we do, the increase would not be as much as 2. A summary of the full 2016 accounts that will be presented at the AGM is shown below: General Fund Community Fund Restricted funds Income Newsle er sales Bank Interest Membership subscrip ons , Membership subscrip ons Dona ons (incl. for gazebo loan) Grants 1, Talks Daedalus book BOOST events 1, Total 3, , , Expenditure Newsle ers 2, Prin ng, postage and sta onery Project costs High Street no ce board 1, Insurance Village Green costs Hall Hire & Teas, coffee etc Website Costs Equipment renewal Other costs Social event (less raffle proceeds) Total 3, , , Surplus / deficit for the year Balance from last year 2, , , Balance carried forward 2, , , Notes: 1. The Community fund is funds set aside for future projects in Lee-on-Solent 2. Restricted funds are those where we can only spend the money for specific purposes without permission from whoever provided the funds 3. Subscrip ons received for 2017 are not reflected in the audited accounts 4. A second reprint of the Daedalus Book was ordered late in the financial year 8

9 LEE RESIDENTS SOCIAL EVENT This year s annual social event in November was the most successful yet with more members attending than in any previous year. The Association is delighted to be able to engage with the membership in such a warm and friendly setting which is particularly good for new members who have recently moved into Lee. Many people commented on old acquaintanceships that have been renewed or new friends they have made. Guests included our MP, Caroline Dinenage and three of our Ward Councillors. Many thanks are due to committee members who helped with the event including Richard Mackay for organising the food, Chris Austin for running the wine bar and Pam Ingram and June Brooker for providing teas and coffees. Also to Paul & Christine Twine helping on door and Tony Brown and Bastringue for the music. The cost to the Association is substantially recovered by the income from a raffle and we are grateful to Tesco, the Co-Op, Boots and the Strawberry Workshop for donating prizes. 9

10 A HISTORY OF HMS DAEDALUS (RNAS Lee-on-Solent) Now reprinted due to popular demand and available again at: The Book Shop, High Street, Lee-on-Solent Tourist Board Office, Bus Station, Gosport Lee-on-Solent Library Order from LRA online and one will be posted or delivered to you by using this url : goo.gl/m7zmdj The book comprises 185 pages with colour photos and a record of the history of the site from 1917 to This book would be of interest to anyone who has served at HMS Daedalus or knows someone who did; anyone involved in any D-Day preparations for WWII; to pilots in training; to current or future owners of property on the site and those with a general interest in the History of Daedalus. Cost is per book and excludes postage and packaging. OBITUARY GEOFF PELL It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death on 3 rd February of Commander Geoff Pell, MBE. Geoff will be remembered by LRA members as the guest speaker at our 2016 AGM and our link with the Lee Flying Association and The Round Parachute Jumping Team, a partnership forged during the build-up to the, so successful, D Day 70 th Commemoration here in Lee. He was a tower of strength in helping to co-edit LRA s publication, A History of HMS Daedalus, and more recently, has been the LRA s link with the planning of the D Day 75 th Anniversary activities. Geoff commanded HMS Daedalus at the time of its handover to Hampshire Constabulary when the Royal Navy moved out in In recent years he was very actively involved in the return to flying condition of historic aircraft, including a Douglas DC3 and a Consolidated PBY Catalina. As Vice Chairman of Gosport Aviation Society he was a fount of knowledge about the role played by the Gosport area in the development of flying training for the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, later, the RAF. Always polished, courteous and willing to give of himself with innate enthusiasm, good humour and style, he will be sorely missed. ARTEFACTS AND HISTORIC ITEMS FOR DISPLAY IN LEE LIBRARY If you have any items of historic interest that you are willing to loan to LRA for display in the Lee-on-Solent Library please contact us via our website or phone Ray Harding on

11 ALVER VALLEY COUNTRY PARK Following a public consultation by Gosport Borough Council which received 861 responses, a decision has been made to develop a play area on the west side of the park (close to the new car park off Cherque Way). The intention is that the area will include a younger children s play area for the under 5 s; and an older children s play area that will be broadly zoned into two areas, one more suited to the 5-9 age group and one more suited to the over 10 s. Contributions from the developers of large sites in Gosport go into a central fund and are used to finance such projects as this. An indication of the proposals for the junior play area can be seen in this drawing though the detail cannot be decided until planning approval is granted: GRANGE ROAD RECYCLING CENTRE You may remember that following a public consultation Hampshire County Council decided to reduce the opening hours from 1 st January this year and introduce charges from 1 st October last year for some types of waste (such as rubble, soil and DIY waste). Following intervention by the Department for Communities and Local Government which said DIY waste generated by householders should be disposed of without a charge HCC has removed the charge. HCC has also deferred any change to the opening hours until October this year. The Grange Road site is now open from 9:00 a.m., seven days a week and closes at 5:00 p.m. until 31 st March and 6:00 p.m. from 1 st April. See page 33 for errata to this article 11

12 DEFIBRILLATOR We are delighted that Councillor Graham Burgess has agreed to give LRA a grant of 900 towards the cost of buying and installing a defibrillator on the seafront near Leon s restaurant. First Responders has also received a grant from Councillor Graham Burgess to pay for the container for the defibrillator. This is an area used by a lot of local people and on Saturdays is part of the course for a regular ParkRun which regularly attracts about 400 hundred participants. Let us hope it is just good insurance and it gets no use! CYCLE RACKS You will have noticed that the flower beds at the junction of Pier Street and Marine Parade have been removed. It has been a losing battle to get anything growing there and bicycle racks have been put in place to avoid people leaving bikes on the pavement in Pier Street. FUNDRAISING IN 2016 The surplus on BOOST events was 368 and donations from talks to groups on Historic Lee amounted to 135 from which costs of 33 were paid making a total contribution to funds of 470. All funds raised at BOOST and Walk and Talks are allocated to the LRA Community Fund for projects in Lee-on-Solent. Very many thanks to the helpers at these events and also to all of the stall holders at the BOOST Events. GAZEB0 LOANS The Association s 10 feet square gazebo is available to borrow in return for a donation to Lee Residents. Ideal for home entertainment in the garden. Please contact Ray Harding on or for more information. CITIZENS ADVICE GOSPORT - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Citizens Advice Gosport volunteers support people face-to-face, over the phone and online through and webchat. Over the last 12 months they helped local people with issues such as: dealing with debt, designing payment plans and negotiating with lenders improving people s financial skills, for example, by finding ways to cut fuel bills standing up for people s rights at work if they believe they have been bullied or unfairly dismissed helping people claim their entitlements like sick pay and maternity pay. Volunteers also give their time in areas like IT, administration and research and campaigns. Laura Drew, Administration volunteer, has been helping at Citizens Advice, Gosport for 6 months: Since volunteering with Citizen s Advice, Gosport, I have gained valuable skills and abilities needed to increase employability; thanks to volunteering I cope better with interviews and have become successfully employed. I enjoy the varying tasks and responsibilities given to me, all of which have improved my confidence, and I like being valued as part of a team helping the local community. Some of Citizens Advice, Gosport s volunteers decided to volunteer to repay past assistance they have had, like Linda: A long time ago, at a very difficult time in my life I sought help from Citizens Advice, Gosport. I was listened to with sympathy and understanding and given some very straightforward advice which set me on the road to dealing with my situation. Now I'm retired and my life is stable, I'm really happy to be able to volunteer, working with a wonderful group of people and hopefully others in the way I was helped all those years ago. It is thanks to the generosity of our volunteers that Citizens Advice, Gosport is able to help people take control of their finances, claim entitlements like sick pay and protect their rights at work. If you are interested in volunteering at Citizens Advice, Gosport, please contact Pauline Walcott or or visit goo.gl/xgazzk LEE HISTORIC WALK AND TALK Besides the walks open to the public (see page 4) talks to groups can also be arranged. The talk lasts around 60 minutes and covers Lee Waterfront, Seafront History and the military connections of Lee. If you or your group would like to host a talk, making a donation to Lee Residents for Community Projects in Lee, please contact Ray Harding, the walk leader for further details. 12

13 THE SAD STORY OF LEE S DIMINISHING BUS SERVICE Does this sound familiar? A lot of folk are to be heard grumbling at bus stops about the X5 service. Only too often the buses are late - particularly the early runs when they get snarled up with road works/traffic etc. coming from Southampton. On Fareham or Gosport market days, they get very full with standing room only and people even being left behind at bus stops. Unfortunately our local and county officials believe that this is a classic (if historic) case of Use it or Lose it! You may recall that last summer LRA requested First to consider re-introducing the old 21 route through Lee and Newgate Lane rather than it returning through Stubbington by the same route that it left Fareham. This would add a mere 15 minutes to its journey timetable. On requesting information from GBC, Councillor John Beavis replied: The 21 service was heavily subsidised by HCC which has removed the subsidy with no chance of it being replaced. The real problem is that when Lee did have this bus service, it was used very little and was not cost effective. Lee-on-Solent An enquiry was then placed with Mr Gary Weaver, First s General Manager, Solent who told us: I am not sure if you are aware that service 21 is a tendered service that we operate on behalf of Hampshire County Council. Therefore; the decisions on the routing of the service and its frequency are not ours to make (but) I have copied in Neil Beswick (from Passenger Transport Group) HCC who may be able to look into your request. The final answer from HCC, drawing a line under our request was:- Sorry but the case to make the change to the 21 doesn t stack up. Lee has 4 buses an hour which is a relatively good frequency, so diverting the 21 isn t a necessity. And from First s Gary Weaver came the finale:- The only capacity problems that I m aware of are some morning journeys carrying school children to Bay House which often means some passengers standing during this busy time. In regards to the reliability; we have looked at it in detail and if it ever suffers then it s at the Southampton end of the service. Any lost time is made up by the time the service reaches the Stubbington and Lee-on-Solent area. We are currently looking into the flow at the Southampton end so as to improve the whole end-to-end service. And so we suffer on All I would suggest is that all bus-using LRA members should please avoid the temptation of apathy or resigning themselves to their fate but rather log any significant delays or over-loading that you experience. Then let us know via an to or by dropping a note in at our Tesco Contact Point or to The Book Shop. This is the only way we can create an experiential data bank of our own which could then help our local councillors to fight on our behalf for a better service. LEE VOLUNTARY CARE GROUP The main activity of Lee Voluntary Care Group is to provide transport for the elderly and infirm to hospital and other medical/dental appointments. They already do over 900 trips each year. If you can help, please contact Babs Giles by phone on There is a fixed charge for each destination working out at approximately 50p per mile, which is paid direct to the driver. 13

14 IT S GETTING WARMER! Hopefully, by the time you read this it really will be getting warmer. With luck, the first of our summer visitors will have arrived (perhaps sand martins skimming over the fields at Titchfield Haven or chiff chaffs singing in the Alver Valley), the sun will be out and spring will be in the air. This short article is not though about just one season, but rather the overall effect that warming may be having on the wildlife around us. Please relax, I m not about to regale you with a deep discussion about the pros and cons of global warming I don t feel qualified for one and although I m personally convinced our climate here in the UK is warming, I m not entirely sure if this is a natural event or manmade (or both) so I m happy to leave it to you to decide on an individual basis rather than try and persuade you one way or another. What I want to show you, however, is that whether natural or unnatural, the change in our climate is having a knock-on effect on the wildlife around us and I m going to use some of the heron family (egrets in particular) to try and demonstrate this. When I was growing up in Yorkshire the close-up sight of a heron on my local Leeds and Liverpool canal was a special and memorable treat such a huge and awesome bird! If you wanted to see anything that big and tall (roughly a metre high) then a heron was about it the only other large heron-type bird in the UK, the bittern, was just recovering from near extinction and restricted to a handful of sites in East England so essentially there was nothing else around to compare with the size of a heron. Grey Heron at Titchfield Haven (with what looks like an eel?) Fast forward nearly 40 or so years and, while driving home from work on the Eastern Road in Portsmouth in the late 1990 s, when suddenly a large white heron like bird flew low over the car just at the top of the road where it crosses the water on both sides. This was my first and unforgettable encounter with a little egret. This is the middle sized egret (smaller than our grey heron) with a black bill and if it is not hidden from view is readily identifiable by its yellow feet. It s hard to believe but they only bred in the UK for the first time in 1996 (nearby in Dorset) and now they are widespread throughout Hampshire and our neighbouring coastal counties and spreading further inland. Sometimes they seem to be more numerous than our grey herons. Take a walk down to the coast at Lee or Browndown or further along towards Warsash and it s odds on you will bump into at least one fishing in the coastal margins. They breed regularly in our county and in autumn the roosts in Langstone Harbour regularly exceed 100 birds. A good place to watch them is at Titchfield Haven where they will regularly fish in the shallow water in front of the hides it s fascinating to watch them dashing about frantically chasing small fish or stirring up the water and mud with their feet to disturb their prey before spearing it with that dagger-like bill. Little egret at Lee-on-Solent Following on from the little egrets, as our winters have got milder, more and more great white egrets (GWE) have started to visit the UK from their continental strongholds. As its name suggests, the GWE is great in size and is noticeably much bigger than other egrets being roughly the same size as our grey heron. Their numbers haven t quite taken off as little egrets have but with winter visitors increasing year on year it was perhaps inevitable that some would eventually stay longer and attempt to breed and sure enough the first successful pair bred in Somerset in We don t have that sort of success locally but there are (very) good sites to see GWE in Hampshire (particularly in winter). Close to home they do visit Titchfield Haven occasionally but a better chance of success would be at Blashford Lakes in the Avon Valley where there have been at least 2 there all this winter. One bird, identified by coloured rings and known affectionately as Walter has been visiting (from France, I think) for more than 10 years. Other good sites are Testwood Lakes just outside Southampton or Fishlake Meadows just to the north of Romsey in the Test Valley. 14

15 Lastly, the third species of egret, the cattle egret is also now starting to visit us on a regular basis. It s the smallest of the egrets to visit us (roughly half the size of a GWE) and with a distinctive yellow bill. It too has bred recently in the UK (also in Somerset) but not consistently and is more often seen as a visitor with numbers increasing year on year just like the GWE. This year has been exceptionally good with as many as 8 seen together in fields at nearby Warblington. They have also been seen at Titchfield (on the reserve and on the floods near the village at Posbrook) and at Eling (to the west of Southampton) on a regular basis. As their name suggests, they love being with cattle or any large animals for that matter that will churn up the ground and disturb insects for them to eat. I saw my first one in the UK (at Warblington) this year and reflected that the last one I saw (10+ years ago) was sitting in amongst elephants in Kenya! Whatever you might think is the root cause of our climate changing, it s undeniably getting warmer here in the UK and, Great white egret at Hickling being in Hampshire, means we are often the first to see the northward expansion in range of any birds that previously stayed on the continent such as these egrets. The same is happening for other birds - we re seeing more and more spoonbills here for example (they sometimes drop in to Titchfield Haven) and some new species of butterflies and dragonflies too are slowly spreading northwards after landing on our southern coast. To be fair though, it can t all be good news so although this article is perhaps a little one-sided it s perhaps worth mentioning that to balance things out there must also be a downside for some species that don t appreciate the rise in temperatures but whatever the pros and cons, it is fascinating to see the changes. Perhaps if this newsletter is still being produced in ten years time someone will be writing an article on how the great white egrets and cattle egrets have followed their little egret cousins and are a familiar sight and are breeding around here it would be nice to think so as they are wonderful birds to see. So, next time you spot a large white heron-type bird (and particularly if it s in a field of cattle) please give it a second look as you may be witnessing a new migration and subsequent colonisation from Europe Brexit or no Brexit! If you are keen to see any of the egret species then a good site to keep an eye on is the Going Birding web site where up to date sightings are recorded of lots of species. Here s the address for the main site which includes lots of counties but you can click through to Hampshire very easily: I find it invaluable. If you have any queries on anything written here or help in locating sites please don t hesitate to get in touch via the LRA web site. Mark Wagstaff Cattle egret at Warblington 15

16 CONCESSIONARY BUS PASSES Important Information regarding passes expiring 31 March 2017 Hampshire County Council new concessionary bus passes will be issued prior to expiry in March It is not necessary to enquire about a new bus pass unless your circumstances, address or appearance have changed. If you do not receive a replacement bus pass once your current pass expires, please contact the concessionary travel team via or call SOME ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT OPTIONS IN LEE For those struggling to get out and about, here is some information which might prove useful and is maybe not as familiar as the X5 service s deficiencies! It is taken from the Gosport Older Persons Forum Transport Leaflet. To print off the entire leaflet for yourselves just use this URL goo.gl/uoc1j0 (last digit is zero) and when on the page, go down to information item on the page for the leaflet Non-Emergency Medical Transport This is designed for planned non-urgent transportation of patients with a medical need for transport. It can be used for planned outpatient appointments, discharge from hospital, renal services and planned hospital admissions. Ask your Health Professionals for help as they book this service on your behalf. Asda Free Bus Please note that these services have just been curtailed and now only operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays except Public Holidays*. At the time of writing this article (early Feb) their website still showed the old timetable so beware! CEMAST Buses Fareham Bus Sta on 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 Asda Fareham 09:10 10:10 11:10 12:10 Asda Fareham 09:12 10:12 11:12 13:12 Peel Common 09:15 10:15 11:15 13:15 Stubbington Village 09:20 10:20 11:20 13:20 Lee High Street 09:27 10:27 11:27 13:27 Fell Drive 09:30 10:30 11:30 13:30 Howe Road 09:38 10:38 11:38 13:38 Rowallan Avenue 09:42 10:42 11:42 13:42 Peel Common 09:45 10:45 11:45 13:45 Asda Fareham 09:48 10:48 11:48 13:48 Asda Fareham 09:50 10:50 11:50 13:50 Fareham Bus Sta on 10:00 11:00 12:00 14:00 These are not much use for Lee residents in the village centre or Marine Parade, but could be more useful for those living around The Birds or upper ends of Fell & Falklands Drives and upper Cherque Farm areas in their quest to get to Gosport. Concessionary Bus passes can be used on CEMAST Service FC7. Priority is given to students travelling to or from campus. Other restrictions are that you can only travel in off peak times (as shown on the next page) and buses run only on weekdays, during term time only 16

17 CEMAST Buses cont. CEMAST college 10:15 12:15 1 4:15 16:15 Rowner Road 10:21 12:21 1 4:21 16:21 Fort Brockhurst 10:25 12:25 14:25 16:25 St Vincent s College 10:35 12:35 14 :35 16:35 Gosport Bus Station 10:40 12:40 14:40 16:40 Gosport Bus Station 10:45 12:45 14:45 St Vincent s College 10:50 12:50 14:50 Fort Brockhurst 11:00 13:00 15:00 Rowner Road 11:06 13:06 15:06 CEMAST College 11:10 13:10 15:10 CEMAST *All bus times are correct at time of writing (February 10 th, 2017) Dial-a-Ride, Driving Force & ICANGO Services These community transport services are available in Lee and are reportedly underused possibly due to lack of general awareness? Dial-a-Ride You need to be a member, but it is free to join. You should either phone the number below or visit their offices at 163 West St., Fareham to obtain a form. The service is operated by Fareham Community Action and is for any destination within Fareham or Gosport, Monday to Fridays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. with all buses being fully accessible with a lift. For holders of bus passes (disabled or senior citizens) the cost of any return journey is 3 a head with carers (if necessary) travelling free of charge. Without a bus pass, the charge is 6 per person but again is free for essential carers. Drivers will also assist with shopping. Every Monday, around mid-morning Dial-a-Ride operates a "Tea and Tiffin" service to different lunchtime venues, such as pubs, garden centres and places of interest. Phone to find out the next week s venue - booking essential!! Phone to book or for more information. Driving Force This is another charity that uses volunteer drivers for anyone needing transport from Gosport or Fareham. The "fare" is calculated at 45p a mile from the driver s house. A typical charge for a QA Hospital return is approximately 10 and to Southampton General around 21 return. Drivers are not allowed to enter houses or assist passengers in any way (except in and out of the vehicle). All bookings need to be made not less than 24 hours in advance, and depending on the availability of volunteers can even take place at weekends. However the booking office is not manned at the weekend. To book or for more information phone ICANGO This is a different type of service in that it specialises in getting folk who are stuck at home out to interesting places to visit using a door-to-door service. Regular trips that individuals can book include Cup and Company at the Bulson Hall every Thursday; Books & Banter at the Discovery Centre (monthly) as well as Sunday Church services. Various societies also use ICANGO for regular trips for example the Parkinson s Society transports members to the Crofton Community Centre once a month. Anyone can book trips as a group and this service is regularly used by retirement homes, schools, scouts, WI to name but a few. The three ICANGO buses are wheelchair friendly and can seat 16, 15 or 8 passengers. For more details about this St Faith s church-based community service, phone Liz Roberts on who will be happy to go into detail. 17

18 Getting to Queen Alexandra Hospital Take the X5 to Fareham Bus Station. Then the No 3 service goes direct to the QA. No 3 times are as follows: (Monday to Friday): 06:53; 07:08; 07:18; 07:28; 07:38; 07:48; 07:58; 08:09; 08:20; 08:32; 08:52. Then every 10 minutes to 18:35. Then every 30 mins until 22:30 Saturdays: similar (not identical) to above. Sundays: Approximately every 20 mins until 16:30, then every 30 mins until 19:00 and hourly until 22:00. Queen Alexandra Hospital car park charges 15 minutes FREE in the drop off area. Use the North Car Park for most outpatient departments (except for Cardiology, Maternity and Paediatrics) as the North Entrance access route is best. Patients and visitors can receive a reduced parking rate if attending or visiting relatives who are being treated for a long time (e.g. those staying for more than seven days or requiring seven or more visits). This could be as low as 1.80 per day and is at the discretion of the ward sister or nurse in charge Hours Charges Hours Charges Up to Over Getting to Gosport Memorial Hospital The X5 service from Lee High Street, every 30 minutes. Getting to Fareham Community Hospital The X5 to Fareham Bus Station. Then take the X4 which passes approx. 1/3 mile from the hospital. Half hourly from Fareham Bus Station (23 and 53 minutes past the hour). Leave the bus at Sparshott roundabout in Park Gate and walk down Brook Lane to the hospital approach road. Mobility scooters on First s buses Only some mobility scooters are permitted on First s buses. Each one needs to be assessed at First s Fareham or Portsmouth depots and an acceptance letter issued to the owner (and shown to the driver each time you ride). To arrange an assessment phone SCAMS Some recent scams we have been told about by Hampshire County Council are: Websites offering Blue Badge parking applications online There are some websites offering Blue Badge parking applications online and charging a fee of 49. The websites are not affiliated or associated with any local council or any other official body or organisation. It is not obvious from entering the websites that they are not official, or that an application fee is charged. However, the information is contained in the terms and conditions, and it is recommended that these are looked at before deciding whether to use the sites. It is possible to apply for a Blue Badge online through the official Blue Badge website or via Hampshire County Council s website. There is a fee of 10 per application, but no other charges. Residents wishing to find out more information on how to apply for a Blue Badge can visit the County Council s Blue Badge website, call or 18

19 Unsolicited telephone call: Council Tax rates There have been reports of unsolicited cold telephone calls whereby the caller claims that you may be in the wrong Council Tax band and are paying too much. Furthermore, for a fee they can look into matters for you. Any resident wishing to check their Council Tax band can do this by calling the Valuation Office Agency on There is no fee for the checking service. s claiming to be from Amazon The spoofed s from an address that looks like it comes from Amazon, claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer notification. The scam claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iphones and luxury watches. The s cleverly state that if recipients haven t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information. Amazon says that suspicious s will often contain: Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk. Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer. Typos or grammatical errors. Forged (or spoofed) addresses to make it look like the is coming from Amazon.co.uk. Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by . WILDLIFE & WILDERNESS ART EXHIBITION This Art Exhibition will be held at 3, Britten Road, Lee-on-Solent between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday 1 st and 2 nd April. Admission is free and original artworks, prints, cards and textiles will be on sale. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be available. All proceeds will be donated to the Richard Hedley Fund, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The Fund will support a trainee in conservation and ecological work including the annual orchid count at Chappett s Copse Reserve. Richard managed this woodland reserve for 20 years and helped the recovery of the rare Sword-leaved heleborine. The site has now got a substantial population of this orchid. Importantly this will give a young person an opportunity to work alongside experts who have experience of conserving the environment here in Hampshire. These are the places which sustain our wide diversity of wildlife. The Fund is named after Richard, a local resident, teacher and lecturer, a keen supporter of local open spaces that provide a habitat for plants, birds, insects and mammals. He particularly valued rare plants like Nottingham Catchfly which survives on Browndown, the small Dartford Warbler that nestles in the gorse on Browndown and the butterflies which inhabit the area on a warm day. He was excited by the development of the Alver Valley as an open space for people to enjoy the sound of bird song, the wild flowers and the innumerable insects that have colonised the space. Throughout his life, Richard encouraged young and old to enjoy and appreciate the benefits of the natural world around them: the worms in their garden lawn, the starlings on the bird table, the unusual plants that survive on our pebble beach. This is a precious environment and a walk on the wildside with him could open your eyes to the marvels of the wonderful world around us. In Lee-on-Solent we have amazing places to get out and enjoy. They are there today, we must ensure that they are there for the future and that we have people trained to manage and care for them. Jean Hedley 19

20 ROADS Update on Roadworks and Improvement schemes in the area Newgate Lane northern section Hampshire County Council commissioned Atkins to carry out an independent review of options to address the problems of exiting Speedfields (particularly ASDA) on to Newgate Lane. The results have been reported, together with a plan of action, to the Executive Member for Environment and Transport. Some immediate measures have already been taken such as improving sight lines for exiting traffic, and signage encouraging motorists to use the McDonald s exit. Officers remain in active discussions with ASDA in an attempt to find more measures to assist customers in exiting the store car park. This may result in a second exit from the ASDA car park itself. Newgate Lane southern section. Advance work on this project started on 30 th January by Amey. This work should be completed by the time you are reading this newsletter and included are:- removal of small areas of vegetation along the route of the proposed road. installing temporary fencing along the route. installing protective fencing to areas of existing trees adjacent to the new road at Woodcote Lane - removal of vegetation from the existing ditch and trimming of the existing hedge on Newgate Lane the removal of vegetation along sections of the eastern verge. It was important to get this work completed before the bird-nesting season in March. Tenders for the road construction should be returned by end of April and work started in mid-summer when, hopefully, the water table in the area should be at its lowest. There has been comment on the need for a completely new road alignment as opposed to upgrading the existing roadway. Much of the costs in upgrading the existing road would be in realigning services (e.g. gas, water and electricity) and traffic management (considerable night work at premium cost). This solution would not address the main concern of far too many accesses on to a major through route. Hence the need for a completely new road. Stubbington bypass Since securing Planning Permission in October 2015, Hampshire County Council has been actively seeking funding for the Stubbington bypass most notably from Local Growth Fund via the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). A funding contribution of 8.5m was approved by the County Council at a meeting in September In addition, in February 2017 the Government announced that 25.7 million of funding has been awarded from the Local Growth Fund 3 towards the delivery of the scheme. This means that full funding has now been secured for the Stubbington bypass and work can now commence to progress the scheme towards delivery. Before delivery can commence Hampshire County Council needs to complete the detailed design of the scheme, undertake advance ecological and other environmental works and acquire the land needed to build the scheme. The earliest that construction of the scheme is likely to commence is towards the end of the 2018/19 financial year, with construction expected to take around two years to complete. Should the IFA2 project be formally approved, LRA believes that, due to the high volume of construction traffic it will generate and the need to transport some huge indivisible loads the Converter building should not be started until the Stubbington bypass is open (see page 24). If existing roads were used it would create even more congestion and for some of the large loads probably require the removal of street furniture (traffic bollards, street lights and signs) as well as cutting back roadside trees. 20

21 A QUESTION TO OUR M.P. We asked Caroline Dinenage to comment on the proposal to close HMS Sultan. This would mean responsibility for mechanical engineering training moving to HMS Collingwood in Fareham. The Admiralty Interview Board would move to the Portsmouth Naval Base and submarine engineer training would be transferred to the Clyde, in Scotland. Her response was: I remain strongly of the belief that disposing of the Ofsted-rated Excellent training establishments at HMS Sultan would be deeply unwise for the MOD, taxpayers and the local community. As such, I have requested that the Defence Secretary reconsider his decision. However, we must be attuned to the reality that the Government may prove intransigent. Therefore, I have set up a taskforce of local stakeholders to plot the best possible future options for Sultan. Ideally, this would include full retention of military assets on the site. But if the site is disposed of, I am clear that the priority for the land released must be to generate employment, enterprise, skills or training. There are too many precedents of ex-defence estates in Gosport standing empty & failing to generate positive return for the local area. This is something I have had to fight hard to tackle retrospectively with Daedalus, that's why I intend to be on the front foot regarding HMS Sultan & Fort Blockhouse. LOCAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS Lee-on-Solent Sailing Club 16/00189/FULL Revised Application. This application has been approved, although the development has not yet commenced. A benefit of the delay has been to allow construction traffic during the re-building of 47, Marine Parade East, next door, to park off the road. 47, Marine Parade East 16/00156/DETS Work has commenced on replacing the house next to the Sailing Club with five flats. This has been designed to match the seafront requirements and the redevelopment of the Sailing Club next door. 30, Marine Parade East 16/00353/FULL This was another proposal to demolish a seafront house and replace it with seven flats. LRA, along with local residents, objected on the grounds that it contravened the Seafront Planning Policy together with parking and access issues. Our discussions with Gosport achieved some concessions and better accord with the Seafront Policy. A reduction of accommodation to six flats also improved the parking and access issues. Following approval of the revised planning application, work has started. 16, Marine Parade West 16/00163/FULL Approval has been given for conversion of this seafront property into three flats although the Edwardian frontage is to be maintained with some expansion to the rear. Milvil Court 16/00420/FULL This is just around from the seafront on Milvil Road. The proposal was to add an extra floor of flats above two floors of flats above the shops. Fortunately GBC has upheld the Seafront Policy and neighbourhood objections by refusing the application on the grounds that it does not match the street scene. 69a, Seymour Road 16/00124/FULL This proposal was to add a dwelling in Seymour Road. Hampshire highways and residents were concerned about the lack of parking and this has led to the application being refused. 21

22 176, Portsmouth Road 16/00392/FULL This is the haberdashery shop on Elmore junction. The plans were for 2 shops, one a fast food outlet and two flats above the shops. LRA objected on the grounds of overdevelopment and an unsuitable location for a fast food outlet. As well as LRA, Hampshire Highways and many local residents objected due to parking issues, particularly the lack of layby provision and no residential or customer parking. The Planning Application has been refused. 142, Portsmouth Road 16/00405/FULL This was another bid to convert a house into flats and also to build an additional residence in the back garden. LRA has always been opposed to any development that fronts on or has its only access from the Lee Back Lanes and thus objected to this application. The initial planning application was refused and has since been revised to remove the back lane bungalow , High Street Lee 16/00376/FULL This is the former Launderette which is in disrepair. It is to be converted into two retail units. This has been approved although work has yet to start. 22, Manor Way 16/00547/FULL This is the corner house opposite the Lee Surgeries and is within the conservation area. Approval has been granted for a reduction of some of the trees, a first floor extension and internal modernisation. LRA does not consider there are any grounds for objection as most of the work is at the back and appears a sensible update and reconfiguration of a dated internal layout. 133 High Street 16/00442/FULL This is the butchers shop. This application was to replace the existing deteriorating wooden frames above the street level with similar design windows but in double glazed white PVC. Surprisingly this has been refused. Both the LRA and the Gosport Society had no objection to the proposal. They consider that the new windows would have been an improvement and while not of wood, acceptable as the style was to remain in keeping with the conservation area and street scene. Canford Manor, Manor Way The improvements to the entrance and exit from the main building, which has always been on a complex junction has been completed and has created a safer road layout. Work to the extension of Canford Manor continues. 37 Milvil Road 17/000015/FULL Application has been made for an extension to the rear of this well-kept Art Deco style home near the northern end of Milvil Road. These improvements at the rear of the property should not detract from the visible Art Deco frontages thus LRA together with the Gosport Society agreed there are no grounds for objection. LRA has recommend that a restriction be placed on any work that would disfigure the unique and well maintained Art Deco frontages. COVER PAGE PHOTOGRAPHS We wish to thank Antoinette Ashworth who supplied the photographs for this edition s cover page. We would like to feature a member s choice on each newsletter comprising 4 colourful photos that are taken in and around Lee-on-Solent. If you would like to share your selection, please them to for consideration. 22

23 DAEDALUS DEVELOPMENT The latest update of the Daedalus Plan impacts the area that is within Lee-on-Solent - primarily the land south of the airfield, the hovercraft slipway and Seaplane Square including the Hovercraft Museum. GBC is therefore the local authority that has to decide on planning consent. There is a lot of work to modernise and improve the services throughout the site that gives the impression work is underway everywhere. The spine road Daedalus Drive is almost complete although there will be further works to construct the junction with Stubbington Lane later this year. The junction plans include restrictions on the number of vehicles that can use the new access at peak periods and for HGVs by laying a narrow road with tight curves, however, it does not state in the plans how any of these restrictions are to be enforced. There are two major development areas, firstly Daedalus Park, the business park area next to the Barrett homes Seacrest Gardens. The first half of the site is virtually complete with several businesses already in occupation but the site still looks pretty busy as the developer progresses development on the western half. Once completed, it is anticipated the whole site will provide about 250 jobs. Plans for remaining units include bespoke facilities as well as a number of smaller business units. The second major development area is called the Waterfront. Originally the Homes and Communities Agency hoped to sell the whole site to a single developer. As this was not achieved the site is now being marketed in smaller lots and developed in phases. These plans were outlined by the Homes and Communities Senior Development Manager, Jeremy Herring at an LRA meeting last September. The current phase of the development plans can be viewed online under reference 16/00441/DETS or at the Town Hall. Phase 1 of the Waterfront project, now underway, is updating utilities for the new housing and businesses. It also includes the demolition of some of the old buildings and hangars (excluding any of the listed buildings or those earmarked as of historical interest ). Partial removal of some the newer extensions to the historic buildings such Wykeham Hall (adjacent to the corner of King s Road and Norwich Place) has been approved but the historic part will be renovated to form part of the revitalised area. Phase 2 of the Waterfront is the provision of 200 houses, about half to be to the west of Drake Road and the other half towards King s Road. The land between will then be developed as another business park. The final phase 3 will be the most controversial as it comprises the remainder of the former Daedalus accommodation, offices, seafront areas and Seaplane Square, including the Hovercraft Museum site. This site is still at the marketing phase and includes the seafront plots and all the listed buildings such as the old Wardroom and the land behind the Fleet Air Arm War Memorial. LRA is observing the plans and works and is keen to see that the change in marketing approach through smaller plots does lead to more housing. There is a risk that a developer could apply to build extra housing and even if this is refused by GBC it could be overruled on appeal as happened with the new housing on Victoria Square. Equally important is the future of the listed buildings and complying with the Seafront Policy which defines the character and style for any seafront development. 23

24 HOVERCRAFT MUSEUM This remains on the Daedalus site and will be reopened on Saturdays from April 1 st. The winter closure has allowed some improvements and partial restoration of Princess Anne, one of the SRN4 former cross channel hovercraft. The museum trustees have negotiated a short term lease on the site but their future will not be clear until the final phase of the Waterfront Site has been sold. The J type hangers and winch houses by the slipway are also listed buildings which will place restrictions on the overall development of Seaplane Square. SOLENT AIRPORT DAEDALUS Fareham Borough Council (FBC) purchased the airfield in 2015 and developments are progressing apace. FBC has published a strategy for the overall development of the renamed Solent Airport Daedalus. The credibility of this document has been called into question by FBC s approval of National Grid s application to build the converter station for IFA2 and lay high voltage cables across the airfield and under the beach and Stubbington Lane. The three local Residents Associations, our MP, local Councillors, Gosport Council, the Gosport Society and over a thousand residents all sent Planning Objection Letters against the Planning Application for the Interconnector and cables. Additionally our MP, Councillors, Local Societies and Associations and several others all voiced formal deputations at the planning meeting. The objections highlighted that IFA2 counters Fareham s own planning policies such as CS22 Development in Strategic Gaps ; damages the integrity and visual separation of the green open space between settlements and prejudices the further development of the Airfield, the Economic Zone and even poses unresolved health risks. All these aspects were raised, even by Fareham s own Councillors and the Fareham Society. Nonetheless it would appear the pecuniary benefits outweigh the risks to local residents as well as the future of the Airfield, the Daedalus Enterprise Zone and the local environment. Nonetheless FBC has given outline approval for the interconnector building (approval in principal but requiring confirmation on submission of the detailed plans) and full approval for the associated cabling across the Airfield and Hill Head beach. FBC clearly want the Interconnector to proceed despite countering their own policies and incurring so many risks. However the local Residents Associations, our M.P., Gosport Council and local Councillors have asked the Secretary of State to call in this application. This means that the Secretary of State is asked to consider if the plans (as approved by FBC) are a sound decision in the national interest. Hopefully he will then get a Planning Inspector to review the decision or even require a publicly held planning enquiry. LRA is not opposed to the Interconnector or its function, however, this is the only one of the 8 operational/proposed interconnectors to be set within a residential area. Chilling, the National Grid s preferred location, is right next to where it connects to the National Grid and would have much less human impact and be less costly in subsidy for all electricity consumers. More logically siting it within the power station/ industrial complex at Fawley seems ideal as it already has standby power generation and a ready connection to the grid; additionally the new infrastructure would blend into the backdrop of existing power facilities. It is hoped that the Secretary of State s review will reconsider either of these less damaging alternative sites. 24

25 Elsewhere on the airfield, enterprises that meet the Enterprise Zone (EZ) remit are already established. Amongst them are: CEMAST College (see article on page 26) The Innovation Centre which is dedicated to providing new business with bespoke office and workshop space. A second Innovation Centre just to the north of the current one is also planned. New-build industrial units on the east hangars development site are in the finishing stages and, in the same area, new airside hangars are proposed adjacent to the old north-south runway. Many residents will be aware of the construction traffic and road works that these new enterprises create. It is possible some of these businesses might decide to review their commitments if the Interconnector actually goes ahead. BUSINESSES ON DAEDALUS Most residents are probably not very aware of what goes on in some of the businesses on Daedalus so we plan to ask two businesses to provide information in the next few newsletters. This time we have asked Britten Norman and CEMAST. Britten-Norman is the UK s only privately owned aircraft manufacturer. Based in Gosport, Southampton and the Isle of Wight it is a significant employer of high-tech engineering skills in the Solent area. A founder member of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Britten-Norman has worked closely with local and national government bodies for the last eight years to support, encourage and help enable safe and sustainable development of the Daedalus site. Britten-Norman has invested heavily in its footprint at Daedalus, which has included the recruitment of a local work force of sixty seven and the training of a further nine apprentices, with two more set to be selected this year. At this time, the Daedalus site is a strategically significant location for Britten-Norman as it is the home of our Defence, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business. At the moment, it is also the home of new production aircraft assembly, previously located on the southern aspect of the airfield, but now temporarily co-located with the Defence MRO facility. Safe access to the licenced runway at Daedalus is essential for Britten-Norman to remain at Daedalus, and accordingly any risks to airfield operations are considered to be of great concern. As a local business, Britten-Norman understands the delicate balance between much needed local investment and the care that must be taken to preserve the area. The geography of Daedalus offers an unusual opportunity to blend an industrial site into a broadly residential area. This co-location requires sensitivity to make sure the equilibrium is preserved. It remains to be seen how a larger scale project such as IFA2, which proposes to run very high power electricity cables directly beneath the operational airfield, will blend into this picture. The equipment will generate significant electromagnetic fields. Without suitable and appropriate construction methodology, cable configuration and screening, adverse interference from the IFA2 equipment cannot be ruled out. The project is not yet at a stage where these details are available, and so the risk to life associated with such interference also cannot be ruled out. The studies undertaken by National Grid are helpful in highlighting some of the potential risks to operations at the airfield with IFA2 present but do not themselves offer full mitigation of the risks; they simply help to quantify what they might be. The company is pleased that Fareham Borough Council s planning committee resolved in January that the reserved matters (condition 48) relating to details of the way in which the cables will be arranged below ground along with the depth at which the cables will be laid to achieve: [AC] magnetic fields directly above the cables not more than 10 microtesla when measured at ground level at each taxi-way crossing of the cables, [DC] magnetic fields directly above the cables not more than 10 microtesla when measured 1.5 metres above ground level at each taxi-way crossing of the cables, and compass deviation not more than 1 degree when 12 metres or more away from the [DC] cables, measured at 1.5m above ground level at each taxi-way crossing of the cables will be heard by the planning committee, rather than being delegated to officers. 25

26 Britten-Norman has held productive and constructive dialogue with National Grid, and is supportive of their endeavors to derive appropriate safe and sustainable risk mitigation solutions, if available, for the IFA2 project at Daedalus. Britten-Norman looks forward to reviewing National Grid s proposals to discharge condition 48. Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training In September 2014 all Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing courses were relocated to the CEMAST Centre of Excellence, a new campus built on the Solent Enterprise Zone on the Daedalus airfield in Lee-on-Solent. CEMAST is now the training facility for over 1,100 Full-Time and Part-Time Students; it will also act as the main learning centre for students in apprenticeship programmes with our partner companies - BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Airbus, Coopervision, Mercedes AMG, Siemens, Southwest Trains to mention but a few. CEMAST is led by Fareham College which has a wealth of experience in the successful delivery of skills based training for the local manufacturing and engineering industries. The range of engineering and manufacturing resource and expertise includes: Aeronautical, Electrical and Electronic, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Marine, Composite, Motorsport and Automotive Engineering disciplines. CEMAST offers students a choice of career first and course second. Our focus is to provide all of the knowledge that students will need to enter their chosen field and effectively prepare them for work and or higher study. The CEMAST curriculum has been created in partnership with local industry leaders to ensure that students gain the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge of industry. Studying at CEMAST is an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of technical subjects in an industry-standard environment. With an investment of over 12 million, the purpose-built workshops are equipped with the latest technology and resources. With strong links and partnerships with local, national and multi-national businesses, our students will have an excellent standing to move directly into employment and/or higher study following the successful completion of their course. Our links with these companies also offer students experience in industry work placements. Many of our students have been offered paid employment within their chosen profession as many businesses are quick to recognise the valuable level of technical knowledge that their students have. For students looking to move on to university, we also offer higher levels, such as the Higher National Diploma and Technical Baccalaureate. These enriched qualifications offer students an academic edge to enhance their technical studies. 26

27 LEE-ON-SOLENT JUNIOR SCHOOL LATEST PERFORMANCE FIGURES SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Tests) were taken by Year 6 pupils in May The new, revised tests were harder than previous years, reflecting more difficult National Curriculum expectations that have been set by the government. This year s results are the first to be released following the introduction of a far more rigorous curriculum in 2014 that raises the bar in terms of expectations of young people s mastery of literacy and numeracy, bringing our primary school curriculum in line with the best in the world. These results are not comparable to test results from previous years which were under an entirely different system of assessment. In 2016 children took SATs in: Reading Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Mathematics Writing is teacher assessed. Pupils can be assessed as: Working towards the Expected Standard Working at the Expected Standard Working at Greater Depth within the Expected Standard Levels have been removed. Children achieve a raw score (the actual marks that they receive) which is converted to a scaled score. A child who scores a scaled score of 100 will have achieved the expected standard. A child who scores more than 100 will be seen to be working above the expected standard. A child who scores below 100 is seen as working towards the standard. School Name Type of School Overall performance at the end of primary school in all pupils %age of pupils meeting the expected standard Progress score and description Reading Writing Maths %age of pupils achieving at a higher standard Average score in reading Average score in maths England all schools 53% 5% England statefunded schools only Crofton Maintained Anne school Dale Junior School Crofton Hammond Junior School Gomer Junior School 0.2 Average Lee-on- Solent Junior School Maintained school Maintained School Maintained School 53% % % -1.7 Below national average 66% -0.6 Average 68% 2.4 Above national average 67% -0.9 Average -1.5 Below national average 0.8 Average 3.7 Well above national average -0.1 Average -1.7 Below national average -1.4 Average 0.4 Average 5% % % % The above information has been obtained from the government website, In previous years, the statistics have shown that Lee Junior School has been falling quite far behind other local schools and below the national average. However, the latest statistics show that it is performing well against the 27

28 national average 14% more children meeting the expected standard and equalling the national average score in reading and maths. All the previous statistics have shown Lee Junior School to be the lowest performing school out of the above four other local schools. However, this year Crofton Anne Dale is the poorest performing. Lee Juniors is performing similarly to Crofton Hammond which is known locally as being a very good school, partly due to the small class numbers. Gomer Junior School has performed exceptionally well. We are not aware of the reasons for this. There have been some changes at Lee Junior School. Mrs Charlton was the head teacher for 16 years and she retired last year. Mr Anthony Martin was appointed the acting head teacher and has clearly done a good job in improving the school. The process of appointing a permanent head teacher has already taken place. Mr Nickerson, who currently teaches at Berrywood Primary School in Hedge End, will be starting after the Easter break. Exciting times ahead! HEALTH UPDATES Contacting your GP Lee Health Centre and Manor Way Surgery both have websites where you can contact your GP for non-urgent advice or to make appointments. This service is sometimes referred to as e-consult. Enquiries via the website are usually answered by the next working day. Understandably, not everyone has access to, or wishes to use, a computer; but if you can use this facility, it will free up the surgery switchboards for urgent enquiries. Sustainability and Transformation Plans There has been a lot of coverage in the local and national media recently about the state of the NHS, with all of us aware now of the national shortage of GPs and the queues outside Emergency Departments. However the recent coverage over the past fortnight has been more concerned with the proposed implementation of Sustainability and Transformation Plans which, until now, few people had heard of - so what are they? They are 5 year plans lasting from October March 2021 that cover all aspects of NHS spending in England. The country has been divided up into 44 different areas, ours is Hampshire and Isle of Wight (HIOW). NHS organisations and local authorities in these areas have come together to develop place-based plans for the future of health and care services relevant to their particular area s needs. Following a year of preparation, the plans were made public in December They are now going through a process of assessment, engagement and further development to test them out before they are implemented. The scope of the STPs is broad but covers three main issues: improving quality and developing new ways to deliver care, improving health and wellbeing, improving efficiency of services. The focus so far has been on developing the plans, the real challenge is turning them into reality. The leader of the HIOW STP is Richard Samuel, who is head of NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and South East Hants CCG. We are pleased that he has accepted our invitation to come and speak to us at our open meeting on 23 rd May at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall in the High Street. We hope you will come and hear what the plan proposes for our area and how it might be implemented. It is important that we, the public, are involved as it is our health and care service. Community First Responders Community First Responders (CFRs) are trained volunteers who serve their communities by attending life - threatening emergencies before the ambulance arrives. We have a small group based in Lee led by volunteer Alan Parry. 28

29 The ambulance service strives to get to patients as quickly as possible, but sometimes because of distance, traffic or demand on the service, a locally based person can get to the patient faster and start to deliver essential life-saving treatment before the ambulance arrives. The South Central Ambulance Service provides the initial training and ongoing, compulsory six-monthly refresher training. CFRs come from all walks of life. They have to be physically fit and healthy, aged over 18yrs, a car owner with full UK driving licence, and are DBS checked. First Responders are not called to traffic accidents or scenes where violence is involved. The incidents they are likely to be called to are emergencies such as cardiac arrest, breathing problems, stroke or falls. They remain in constant contact with the ambulance until it arrives to update the paramedic on the situation and to reassure the patient that help is on the way. As well as co-ordinating the Lee CFRs Alan Parry looks after the Public Access Defibrillators in our area. There are currently 3 defibrillators available 24hours a day. They are fixed on external walls at: St Faiths Church, Victoria Square the Community Centre, Twyford Drive the Methodist Church, Lee High Street A fourth defibrillator will soon be in place at Leon s Café on the seafront, next to the play park (see page 12). Grants from County Councillor Graham Burgess s HCC devolved Budget together with fundraising at local events and from local businesses and associations helps pay for the defibrillators and for teaching sessions in local schools. Lee Community First Responders have two fundraising objectives for the near future: To set up a Public Access Defibrillator in the Elmore area, somewhere near the Inn by the Sea. To provide the kit required for another First Responder. The total cost of the above is 3,000 and so far Lee CFRs have raised 500. To help them achieve these objectives they have recently set up a Justgiving Page: Any donations would be very welcome. If you are interested in finding out more Alan can be contacted directly by or you can go the SCAS website: MEMBERSHIP At the time of writing this article (mid-february) our membership numbers have already passed the 1150 mark which is a record for this time of year. Many thanks to you all for your continued support and please keep helping us by your word of mouth recommendations to all friends and neighbours! We do not spend any membership fee income on advertising but our programme of volunteer-delivered flyers to all new house-owners moving into Lee on Solent has been expanded in the past year and is proving a very valuable recruitment tool along with your recommendations proving that awareness of our existence is one of the most important ways of helping us to maintain a healthy membership level. Please remember that we are not issuing membership cards this year and that the arrival of this Newsletter is proof that you are still on our membership list! If you hear any of your friends complaining that they did not receive their Newsletter this month, please ask them to get in touch with Stuart Ashworth either directly on or via our Book Shop or Tesco contact points and he will investigate and sort out any issues for them. 29

30 GOSPORT MARINE FESTIVAL RETURNS! Gosport Marine Scene and Gosport Borough Council will repeat their 2015 success by bringing back Gosport Marine Festival on Saturday 27 th May 2017, the Bank Holiday weekend. This free community event aims to show Gosport people of all ages, but youngsters especially, the wonderful opportunities to enjoy the water around our 24 miles of coastline. Centred on Haslar Marina, which is open to the public for the day thanks to Dean and Reddyhoff, there will be a range of waterborne activities, with a food festival, all-day entertainment, and exhibitions of all things maritime. The whole event is made possible by the contributions of the Sea Cadets, our local sailing clubs, the activity providers and our sponsors truly this is the community s event. At Haslar Marina there will be dinghies to sail or row, kayaks, big Sail Training Yachts and the Little Brigs. The minimum age here is 12 years. There are also historic ships to visit in the Marina. Wet Wheels will be offering trips in their wheelchair accessible power catamaran, and the Spirit of Scott Bader is a wheelchair accessible sailing catamaran. Both are roomy, stable platforms. At the Cockle Pond there will be windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and the opportunity for under 12 s to sail optimist dinghies. On this protected water the minimum age to take part is 6 years. There will be more than 500 opportunities throughout the day to go afloat! Book online as soon as possible by going to It s first come, first served, with priority given to Gosport residents. Places for most activities are strictly limited and the most popular go very quickly, though you could take a chance by turning up at the booking tent on the day. Please be aware that for young people aged 17 or below permission to take part in water activities will be needed from a parent or person with parental responsibility. Further details on the guidelines for participation will be available on the website. Buoyancy aids and lifejackets are provided for all waterborne activities. No booking is needed for the other free activities: just turn up. Entertainment in the TimeSpace amphitheatre is organised by Haslar Radio and includes dance, song, brass, instrumental and choral music. The Food Festival features food and drink producers from all over Hampshire. On Trinity Green there will be displays by many maritime organisations including the R.N. diving team, R.N.L.I, GAFFIRS, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Lee-on-Solent Sailing Club to name but a very few early commitments. Inside the church will be an exhibition of marine art and crafts, mainly by local artists. Little Shipmates, also in the church, provides seafaring activities for children too young to go afloat. Remember our English weather could change the Festival plans, but we will announce any changes as far ahead as possible. 30

31 POLICING This article was submitted by our local police sergeant: My name is PS 919 Tracy Scrase and I am currently the sergeant for Gosport West which covers the areas of Lee-on-Solent, Bridgemary and the Alver Valley. In my last article I reported that theft from motor vehicles was a high priority for the whole of the Gosport District but mainly for the Lee-on-Solent area. We had a good result with the arrest and remand of a male for an offence which resulted in a very noticeable reduction in our reported crimes. However, there are still thefts occurring and I would encourage you to report any suspicious behaviour or offences to the police. On Thursday 5 January 2017 the Police Cadets and your local PCSO Brad Adams carried out an operation to target unsecured vehicles and deliver crime prevention leaflets to the community. In a one hour period our cadets located 15 insecure vehicles. They then visited each of the registered owners of the vehicles and advised them of their findings. All owners appreciated the advice given and were grateful that we had highlighted the insecurities. I would always encourage people to double check their vehicle is locked when leaving it. We are all very busy people and it is easy to forget or think we have locked it. Please refer to the police website for any crime prevention advice or I am sure you will see PCSO Brad Adams around to ask for advice. Anti-social behaviour is still high on our agenda in the Alver Valley area. Your Neighbourhood team, Community Safety Team, Taylor Wimpey, Home Group, First Wessex, Motiv8 and Y services have worked hard to identify the key youths involved and deal with them appropriately. The Community Safety Team was successful in getting an Anti-social Behaviour Injunction against a youth and the police are also applying for a Criminal Behavioural Order against another youth. These injunctions will help the police deal with ASB in the area. We have also taken several youths to court to deal with the offences identified and have worked with GBC Housing department to issue warning letters to the parents in relation to the risk to their tenancies. We have attended several community meetings to keep them up to date. It has been hard work but finally the ASB has reduced. If you would like to meet the team, please do not hesitate to contact PCSO Brad Adams or myself with any events that are taking place and we would be happy to come along and take the opportunity to give crime prevention advice. PS 919 Tracy Scrase Gosport West Neighbourhood Sergeant TEMPORARY MOBILE PHONE MAST NEAR CEMAST No planning application or other approval was needed for this temporary mast because government legislation enacted in the early days of communications masts gave phone companies carte blanche to erect temporary masts for up to six months in the event of a permanent mast being out of action. This means the CEMAST temporary mast has to be moved by April. It appears that people nearby are having problems with telephone connections and interference. The CEMAST College is one of those most affected. Perhaps this is why, in addition to uncertainty about electromagnetic safety, some countries do not allow phone masts close to buildings and residences. Germany even recommends limiting exposure to relatively low power domestic Wi-Fi. We do not know what will happen after six months and whether it will be removed or re-sited elsewhere. Another permanent new mast has been installed at the petrol station on Broom Way. 31

32 VILLAGE GREEN APPLICATION FOR VICTORIA SQUARE Collation of evidence questionnaires, required for the registration application, is still ongoing. However the application for Village Green registration has been delayed as Philip Scott, who has been assisting LRA, has been recovering after a serious fall and LRA planning volunteers have necessarily been preoccupied with the IFA2 processes. Over the next few weeks Stuart Ashworth and Brian Mansbridge will be contacting people who have expressed a willingness to support the application to provide any help they might need in completing the remaining questionnaires. In the meantime, we will be drafting the formal application so it can be submitted as soon as possible after the required number of questionnaires have been completed. The green on Victoria Square - our The Vicarage site as it used to be The same site in October 2016 aim is to preserve this remaining open space SATURDAY CLUB FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN LEE-ON-SOLENT A club for older people has been launched by the Brendoncare charity., Meetings are every Saturday between a.m. and p.m. at the Committee Room, Lee Community Centre, Twyford Drive, Lee-on - Solent, PO13 8JU. The cost is 2.50 per session. The club offers a range of activities and games and of course refreshments and the chance for a natter with other members! The aim of the club is have somewhere for people to socialise, meet new friends and enjoy companionship. Enquiries are welcome from anyone wishing to find out more about the club, either as a member or a volunteer. Please visit the Brendoncare website, or phone the charity on for more information. FAREHAM INNOVATION CENTRE AT DAEDALUS The Innovation Centre, which opened in Spring 2015, was full within twelve months with all twenty-four offices and fifteen workshops being occupied by start-up companies and early-stage firms. It was awarded the Most Innovative Small Business Friendly Programme, Campaign or Project in the 2015 Federation of Small Businesses awards. In total, there are one hundred and ten people working for twenty-seven businesses on the site, plus a further thirty-six local businesses regularly using drop-in facilities such as meeting rooms. An extension costing more than 6million has been approved by Fareham Borough Council, which will more than double the size of the facility adding thirty-three serviced offices, five workshops and three conference rooms, together with additional parking. The new building is scheduled to open in Spring 2018 and as potential occupants of the existing centre are having to be turned away it is expected the new extension will be filled rapidly. It is anticipated that nearly three hundred new job opportunities will be created with the extension, with the focus on the engineering, aerospace, aviation and marine industries. Business locating at the new centre will benefit financially from it being in the Solent Enterprise Zone Oxford Innovation runs the innovation centre on behalf of Fareham Borough Council and will continue to do so with the extension. 32