Hamble residents take gravel battle to the Prime Minister

AGAINST PLANS: Judi Hussey and fellow protesters with the petition

AGAINST PLANS: Judi Hussey and fellow protesters with the petition

2:10pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Fareham

RESIDENTS are to take their concerns over controversial gravel extraction plans in their village straight to the Prime Minister’s doorstep.

Jim Vintner has started a petition, addressed to David Cameron, against the inclusion of Hamble Airfield in the county council’s plans for sand and gravel extraction agreed by councillors last week.

He claims the council has ignored residents’ views and fears it could harm the village’s economy.

The 47-year-old, of Satchell Lane, hopes to get 4,000 signatures, roughly the population of Hamble, then to deliver it to 10 Downing Street.

The county council’s Minerals and Waste Plan, which could see millions of tonnes of sand and gravel extracted from sites across Hampshire every year, was approved by county councillors last week.

Sites for new gravel and sand pits have been earmarked at Hamble Airfield, Hythe, Ringwood, Longparish, near Stockbridge, and Christchurch.

Mr Vintner said he does not know anybody in favour and cannot see any benefits for Hamble.

He is concerned about increased traffic on already congested roads and believes it could affect the boating industry because yacht owners will moor elsewhere.

He said the land is owned by developer Persimmon Homes and he fears that once the site is used for gravel extraction it will become brownfield making it susceptible to housing development.

Mr Vintner claims there are more appropriate sites, arguing gravel could be taken from the Solent. A resident of Hamble for 15 years, Mr Vintner would even consider leaving the village if gravel extraction goes ahead.

“I just want to get it to a wider audience,” he said.

“Let’s find out if he [David Cameron] takes things seriously.” Hampshire County Council’s executive member for economy, environment and transport Councillor Seán Woodward said sites put forward for development were assessed against stringent criteria, including the effect on surrounding areas, and residents consulted and Hamble Airfield was fully considered by the p l a n n i n g inspector.

He added that any future applications for d eve l o p m e n t would be assessed on their merit and determined on the basis of the plan, which includes ensuring that applications address the mitigation of the impact of development on local communities and the environment.

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3:38pm Mon 30 Sep 13 SomeoneLocal says…

Would have been kind of the Daily Echo to include a link to the online petition.... oh well. To everybody reading, whether you live in the area or not, please take 30 seconds to sign here: https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/p rime-minister-stop-t he-plans-for-gravel- extraction-on-hamble -airfield

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3:40pm Mon 30 Sep 13 SomeoneLocal says…

Would have been kind of the Daily Echo to include a link to the online petition.... oh well. To everybody reading, whether you live in the area or not, please take 30 seconds to sign the petition... copy this address intro your browser: http://thndr.it/18P7 o7W

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3:54pm Mon 30 Sep 13 Jim Vintner says…

As above, Please follow this link and sign if you feel as strongly about this as I. https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/p rime-minister-stop-t he-plans-for-gravel- extraction-on-hamble -airfield Thank You Jim Vintner

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4:51pm Mon 30 Sep 13 bhh@eastleigh.gov.uk says…

Eastleigh Borough Council and the 3 parish councils in the local area have consistently objected to this plan. Hampshire County Council have recently confirmed the inclusion of Hamble Airfield as a gravel site in their Plan. Jim V and signatories are to be applauded - the focus for any action now should be when a minerals planning application is received for consideration by Hampshire County Council. Look out in local media for details when this happens.

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7:18pm Mon 30 Sep 13 Saint Botley says…

http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/pr ime-minister-stop-th e-plans-for-gravel-e xtraction-on-hamble- airfield?share_id=ts WxtUQpNi All signed. Good luck jim

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7:23pm Mon 30 Sep 13 Saint Botley says…

Hm.. Impossible to paste that address to the forum without it splitting for some reason. Must be a built in security thing. Anyway, a google search for Hamble airfield petition takes you there guys.

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8:12pm Mon 30 Sep 13 SomeoneLocal says…

The short URL http://thndr.it/18P7 o7W works, or as you say, google "hamble airfield petition" and its the second link, change.org!!!

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9:08pm Mon 30 Sep 13 Oh my goodness says…

SomeoneLocal wrote…

Would have been kind of the Daily Echo to include a link to the online petition.... oh well. To everybody reading, whether you live in the area or not, please take 30 seconds to sign here: https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/p rime-minister-stop-t he-plans-for-gravel- extraction-on-hamble -airfield

Done

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9:10pm Mon 30 Sep 13 Oh my goodness says…

SomeoneLocal wrote…

Would have been kind of the Daily Echo to include a link to the online petition.... oh well. To everybody reading, whether you live in the area or not, please take 30 seconds to sign here: https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/p rime-minister-stop-t he-plans-for-gravel- extraction-on-hamble -airfield

Done

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9:24pm Mon 30 Sep 13 Jim Vintner says…

This is the short URL, Someone postted the URL for the thunderclap which is also important but lets get this one done first. Follow this http://goo.gl/gkOf0J Thank You Jim Vintner

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9:27pm Mon 30 Sep 13 Jim Vintner says…

SomeoneLocal wrote…

The short URL http://thndr.it/18P7 o7W works, or as you say, google "hamble airfield petition" and its the second link, change.org!!!

This is actually the shortened link for the Thunderclap which is also important but the short URL for the petition is http://goo.gl/gkOf0J Thank you for you interest and comments,Much appreciated Jim Vintner

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9:37pm Mon 30 Sep 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

If the Nimbys hadn't prevented its continued use as an airfield this argument wouldn't be happening.

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9:40pm Mon 30 Sep 13 Jim Vintner says…

OSPREYSAINT wrote…

If the Nimbys hadn't prevented its continued use as an airfield this argument wouldn't be happening.

You are quite correct but unfortunately they did, That is history and we can not change that but with some effort and communication we may change the future. Thank you for your interest Jim

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10:03pm Mon 30 Sep 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

If you paste URLs into the box, just make sure all of the gaps are clsoed up by deleting any spaces and then the URL will work.

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12:34am Tue 1 Oct 13 StevenAus says…

Would have been a great asset for British Aerospace over that road that airfield. A real shame if the space is built on or ruined it should be a park. I say that having lived on Satchell Lane.

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9:38am Tue 1 Oct 13 Block41row0sfc says…

Sign here http://m.youtube.com /watch?v=Of-lpfsBR8U &desktop_uri=%2Fwatc h%3Fv%3DOf-lpfsBR8U

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6:28pm Tue 1 Oct 13 septuagenarian says…

This has more to do with having a very large hole in which to bury the millions of tons of rubbish that the county produces. the gravel is just the bye product So let them go away and dig elsewhere.

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12:57pm Thu 3 Oct 13 sburman says…

Is their A petition to say one is for the proposal?

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