JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM BIRD AWARE SOLENT AND HAVANT BOROUGH COUNCIL
Until Sunday 17 September interested parties – from local residents to property developers and land owners – can have their say on a strategy to mitigate the recreational impact of new housing around the three Special Protection Areas (SPAs) across the Solent.
Bird Aware Solent (www.birdaware.org) is a partnership of local councils and conservation bodies, formed to reduce disturbance to birds spending the winter on the Solent coast. It is currently funded by an interim strategy developed by the Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership (SRMP). Funding comes from financial contributions made by housing developers for each and every new dwelling they build within 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles) of the SPAs. Work to date funded by the interim strategy includes a dedicated team of rangers working with members of the public along the Solent coastline, a number of public events and dedicated research and monitoring on a variety of topics.
A definitive strategy has been proposed to fulfil the need to fund mitigation measures in the area in perpetuity, and a public consultation about the strategy is now open and will run until Sunday 17 September. All feedback is welcome.
“Thanks to the SRMP interim strategy, Bird Aware Solent has achieved a great deal already” said Councillor Seán Woodward, Chairman of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), “I strongly urge developers and the wider public to contribute their thoughts via the consultation towards the definitive strategy, so we can secure the best deal for the environment we enjoy and cherish”
To take part, simply access the consultation online at www.birdaware.org .