In the affluent South East demand for resources is high. Increasing demand for energy is leading to more ambitious plans for renewable sources, such as wind. Water is becoming a precious resource we must not waste. But we are wasteful in other respects, too. Each person in our area generates around half a tonne of waste per year, and in most districts less than 30% is recycled.
Water: Will There be Enough?
In the future we could experience both flood and drought at the same time. With pressure for significantly increased housing in the (relatively) dry South East, will our water resources be able to cope? The water companies are in the process of developing their Water Resource Management Plans for 2015-2040. CPRE Hampshire started a water working group in 2012 to review water issues (supply, impact on planning, river ecosystems etc.). In May 2013 it organised a visit to Testwood Lakes to hear about Southern Water's plans and to see the water extraction plant.
Fracking in Hampshire
We all want a secure and relatively low cost supply of energy such as gas. Fracking is a technique that could help deliver this, but it must be done in a sensitive way. In Hampshire licences are being applied for and granted. CPRE have proposed three criteria by which applications for fracking should be judged.
Green Energy: Green Landscape?
CPRE supports the use of renewable energy, but not at the expense of the character, beauty or tranquillity of rural landscapes. A major concern is the promotion of large turbines and wind farms which is not likely to be either sustainable or acceptable. Currently there are proposals for a couple of wind-farms, one with seven, another with 14 100-130m high wind turbines in the North Downs.
Quarrying & Mineral Extraction
We need an onging supply of sand, gravel and aggregates for building materials. Hampshire has rich sources of gravel in river valleys and on plateaus. At greater depths oil has been found.
Although extraction of these resources in the county is declining, every now and then are proposals for new quarries, such as that at Kingsley. We need to ensure that they don't destroy our fine landscapes and wreck tranquillity. And that when operations are finished, the sites of extraction are restored or even enhanced.
Read the CPRE policy on minerals and quarrying (external link)
Waste: And What To Do With It
As a society, we generate far too much waste. In the past much of this has ended up in landfill. Even worse, some of it has been flytipped in the countryside.
Hampshire has in place some advanced material and energy recovery facilities (see photo). Our waste campaign urges everyone to minimise waste, and to re-use and recycle where possible, using facilities around the county.
Litter and Fly Tipping
Hampshire has seen a 5-fold increase in littering since th 1960s, while landowners are facing significant problems with fly-tipping. CPRE's Stop the Drop campaign tackles these problems that are despoiling our beautiful countryside. Among actions taken at the development of community and school anti-litter toolkits and a fly-tipping guide for landowners and managers.
This page last updated 19th December 2013.
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