Bournemouth offshore wind farm: Public hearing

The Planning Inspectorate held its main hearing for the Navitus Bay wind farm proposal at the BIC in Bournemouth yesterday (14 Oct).

Most of those giving evidence were opposed to the scheme which would place the world’s largest wind farm in the bay between the Isle of Wight and Isle of Purbeck.

But a serious case in favour was given by several individuals concerned about climate change and, in one case, Russia deciding how much power we receive.

The Yarmouth Harbour Master, who lives at Barton-on-Sea, was in favour since the project could make his port very busy, bring employment and help local businesses who would provide supplies to the ships.

But there were concerns about noise from the bay during and after construction, noise (or low hum) from cabling bringing the electricity ashore at Taddiford Gap, shipping safety, fishing and migrating birds.

Many residents revealed expert knowledge.

My overwhelming feeling at the end of the day was that the Dorset and Bournemouth Coast Paths which we are so familiar with have unique views loved by many people. Designations by UNESCO and other authorities confirm that we have something precious to be preserved for the future.

If we are to say to people ‘be green and don’t fly to a foreign holiday’ then we must have our bay which rivals Naples for them to enjoy at home.

This is the same landscape and seascape which moved Henry James, Benjamin Disraeli and, as the inspectors were reminded, Bill Bryson.

The Daily Echo has a report.

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Hordle’s cliff-top burial ground could reopen

Hordle Church was moved inland in 1829 ago but it seems that its graveyard containing the bodies of shipwrecked sailors may be reopened for new burials.

This is because the All Saints graveyard in Hordle village is now full and may be handed over by the parochial church council to the parish council.

There is some space in the original churchyard which also contains the tombs of Sir Reginald de Clerk, who fell in the Wars of the Roses, and Christopher Clark who died in 1720 aged 112.

A service is held on the site of the first church every summer.

 

 

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Best pubs at each end of coast path

It is interesting to see which which pubs along the coast have made it into CAMRA’S Good Beer Guide 2015.

At Swanage it is The Ship Inn, just back from the little seafront piazza with its fish shops.

No more on the coast path until the Red Lion at Milford-on-Sea which offers Ringwood best bitter and bed and breakfast.

But there are many interesting entries for worthwhile pubs found inland. The guide is edited by pub and beer expert Roger Protz.

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Purbeck House Hotel welcomes walkers

Purbeck House Hotel in Swanage has an advertisment in the Ramblers’ Walk magazine.

Walkers are welcome.

The hotel was built as the home of George Burt who worked with his uncle John Mowlem on many London buildings. Burt’s garden is littered with old bollards and posts brought back from the capital as ballast in ships which had taken Purbeck stone to London.

It is a good place to spend a first night on the coast path.

Bed and breakfast for two is £94 this month but gets cheaper from October.

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Bournemouth Air Festival 28-31 August 2014

The Royal Marines have abseiled down Bournemouth’s Highcliff Hotel on the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Anyone on thew coast path between Old Harry Rocks and Hengistbury Head should have some interesting views between Thursday 28 and Sunday 31 August.

Expect  a very crowded East Cliff  – between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers.

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Hordle Old Church annual service

This Sunday 24 August, St Bartholomew’s Day, sees the annual Festival Service & Picnic at the Old Churchyard adjacent to Hordle Manor Farm.

The start time is 5pm with the service following at 6pm. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic to eat on the grass among the graves of shipwrecked sailors.

The service, in the outline of the old church, also marks the beginning of Hordle Festival Week. The fair is on Saturday afternoon 30 August.

If it is raining the service will be in the present church in the village at 6.30pm as usual.

Hordle Church, a Norman building, was pulled down in 1829 and moved two miles inland partly due to fears about the crumbling cliff.

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Sandbanks Ferry operating

Sandbanks Ferry is operating normally today following the chain break earlier this week.

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Sandbanks Ferry out of action

Sandbanks Ferry appears to have a broken chain and is not running today.

The Daily Echo has an unpdate.

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Southbourne’s Bistro on the Beach in top ten

Britain’s 20 best beach restaurants in The Times today includes Bistro on the Beach at Southbourne.

“Former Claridge’s head chef Mario Lesnik is serving up dishes worthy of his alma mater on the prom in Bournemouth at this smart but casual diner,” says the paper.

“On the menu are the likes of duck liver pâté and pork tenderloin with New Forest mushroom cream sauce — or you can just pop in for a bacon and brie panini, or grab an ice cream from the kiosk.”

It’s a good stopping place when finishing the walk along Bournemouth’s Poole Bay and before crossing Hengistbury Head to the Christchurch Coastal Path section.

Also featured is the just opened Pig on the Beach at Studland. It’s not on the beach because this is the former Manor House Hotel on the cliff and once known for its teas.

Now it is now more a long lunch and dinner place. A double bed for one night in the winter will be £119 excluding breakfast.

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‘Most people’ against Navitus wind farm

Formal registered opinions on the proposed Navitus wind farm off the Bournemouth coast indicate that the majority is opposed.

Dorset green groups including Dorset Friends of the Earth are in favour of the scheme but many others are concerned about the loss of the unspoilt sea view. Benjamin Disraeli and Henry James are just two early visitors who were deeply impressed by the view of the bay from Bournemouth.

My representation has been registered with with more than 2,000 others from councils, organisations and members of the public:

As the person who devised the original Bournemouth Coast Path and the author of Exploring the Bournemouth Coast Path guide book I consider that the wind farm would deter visitors by spoiling an outstanding bay view.

“This view has been lauded by many for around 200 years.

“The unspoilt ‘Naples Bay’ view is vital to maintaining home tourism and so reducing the numbers using aircraft which cause serious pollution. “To have the wind farm in the proposed location is not ‘eco’.”

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