12 YEARS OF HARD WORK FOR THE FREEMANTLE WARD

12 YEARS OF HARD WORK FOR THE FREEMANTLE WARD

Dear ResidentI have been your local councillor for the past 12 years and on 22nd May I am standing for re-election.I have always worked hard to represent everyone in the area and to get things done and make a difference. For me this is the best part of being a councillor. It’s a job I love and which I put my all into and I hope after May to continue to represent you and the area I grew up in.We have great community spirit in …

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Southampton City Council Refuses to be Biomass Power Station Customer

Southampton City Council Refuses to be Biomass Power Station Customer

At yesterday’s full Council meeting the Council debated two issues that relate to the proposed Helius Biomass Power Station.
Firstly the Council approved the Hampshire Waste and Minerals Plan. This is an important planning document which forms part of the Council’s planning framework. Back in 2011 the draft plan was amended so that it ruled out very large developments in the Western Docks, such as the Helius Power Station. This change has been retained in the final plan and so this will be a powerful tool …

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Call for Southampton City Council Never to Become a Customer of Helius

On Wednesday Southampton City Council will debate a motion about the proposed Helius Biomass Power Station.If passed Southampton City Council will commit to never become a customer of Helius Energy to never buy heat and power from the company. It is becoming increasingly clear that any large scale biomass power station in the Western Docks would need to provide combined heat and power (CHP) and be linked in with a buyer of the heat that it generates. By making it clear that the council will never …

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Planning Application for Sulphur Plant in the Docks

Planning Application for Sulphur Plant in the Docks

There has been Daily Echo coverage of a planning application for a Sulphur Pellet Plant in the West Docks and I know residents will be very concerned about possible noise, smells and traffic.

I am hoping that there will be a public meeting very soon and that the company applying for the planning permission will attend to answer questions about the proposed plant.

I can also confirm that the application will be heard by the council’s Planning and Rights of Way Panel. This is a public meeting …

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My Written Submission to Helius

I have just made my written submission to Helius. The deadline for responses to Helius about their proposed power station is the 3rd August. All resident comments have to be in before or on 3rd August and need to be sumbitted to enquiries@southamptonbiomasspower.com.

Below is the submission sent by myself and Cllr Parnell:

Dear Sir

We are writing as local councillors for the Freemantle Ward to put on record to you our formal objection to your revised plans for a Power Station proposed for the Western Docks. We have also made representations …

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We Need The Financial Backing Of The Council to Stop Helius

It is very clear to me from the public meetings that I have attended over the last month that Helius are fully committed to pushing ahead with their plans for an unwanted, giant power station next to homes in Freemantle and Millbrook. City Councillors have been vocal in their opposition to this scheme but sadly we do not have the power locally to stop it, as Southampton City Council will not be the decision maker.

Councillors have backed the idea of a referendum on the issue, …

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Residents March Against Helius Power Station

Residents March Against Helius Power Station

There was a great turn out this evening for the No Southamption Biomass demonstration against the Helius Power Station proposed for the Western Docks.

Residents met at Lakelands Park and marched down Testwood Road to the Terriorial Army Centre in Millbrook Road, where Helius were holding their final consultation meeting.

It was a big success with lots of media present. Hopefully tonight Helius will be clear that residents remain deeply opposed to this power station on their doorsteps and will continue the fight to stop …

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Conservative Action All Year Round

Conservative Action All Year Round

Our Work This Year Alone…April 2012Freemantle Spring Clean underway. Attending local residents’ association meetings promoting our new No Cold Calling Zones. Meeting with the police to discuss the problem of street drinking.March 2012Secretary of State for Education officially opens Freemantle Academy’s new Junior School building. Funding secured for improvements to the Civil Service Sports Ground. Residents updated on Helius’ latest Biomass plans. New planning rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation come into force.February 2012Civil Service Sports Ground saved from development. Council Tax frozen once again. …

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Southampton Conservatives Will Fight Latest Helius Scheme

Yesterday Helius Energy announced a new scheme to build a massive biomass power station in the Western Docks, close to houses in Regents Park and Freemantle.Southampton Conservatives have vowed to fight this new scheme, which will be hugely damaging for the local community. Council Leader Royston Smith yesterday stated, “we have had no consultation at all about this new proposal which has come completely out of the blue and we will move heaven and earth to stop this dreadful scheme.”Conservative Councillor for Freemantle, Michael Ball …

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Letter from No Southampton Biomass to Helius

Below is the text of a letter sent today to Helius Energy concerning their plans to develop a biomass power station in the Western Docks.

Dear Helius,

As the representatives of the public you are supposed to be consulting with, we are yet again politely requesting that you demonstrate some recognition of the fact that what is purely ‘business’ to you is actually impacting the lives of Southampton residents in a very negative way – we are the very same people that you continually say you want …

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