Local Issues

31 Oct

Up close the laying of the high voltage cables onto the seabed for the IFA2 interconnector.

It was interesting to witness up close the laying of the high voltage cables onto the seabed for the IFA2 interconnector at Solent Airport, Daedalus being constructed by National Grid with the ability to supply 1 gigawatt of power to the grid as required.

The Cable Enterprise is laying the last 40 miles of cable from Fareham to France which should complete during November with the switch-on of the system next year.

Thank you IFA2 Project Director David Luetchford for the trip out in to the Solent with Solace boat Green Water providing the security for the project.

30 Oct

Recovery of a Fairey Barracuda from the Solent by NationalGrid

Pleased to attend a talk with around 100 people at Fareham Borough Council‘s Innovation Centre at Solent Airport, Daedalus to hear about the successful recovery of a Fairey Barracuda from the Solent by NationalGrid and its use by the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. Curator Dave Morris gave an excellent presentation.

Incredibly the lead acid battery from the Barracuda which had been submerged for 76 years in the Solent still held a charge.

A touching end was being invited to open the Barracuda Room in the Innovation Centre with David Luetchford , Head of the IFA2 project, which will provide a lasting memorial to the Barracuda project and pay tribute to the Daedalus heritage.

28 Oct


A number of residents have asked me how the northerly access to the North of Whiteley development off Botley Road will work in the long term as the traffic is all being forced to turn left out necessitating a journey through Burridge and Swanwick to the Yew Tree Drive/Botley Road roundabout to turn around.

I can confirm that the current layout at the northern access is temporary and is to allow access, in the short term, to the show home only. All of the surfacing and road markings etc are sacrificial.

One of the of the internal roads requires a bridge to be built and the beams for this are being cast offsite and will be brought in during the early part of next year via the access on Botley Road. Unfortunately, both the crane and delivery vehicles carrying the beams will not be able to negotiate the junction once the islands, lighting and traffic lights have been installed.

The temporary arrangement has been safety audited and is considered suitable as a short-term arrangement. The developers have no authority at this point to occupy without the completion of further works and the junction will be completed as soon as the bridge beams are safely installed. This is currently anticipated to be around February/March 2020.

Hampshire County Council has two inspectors at North of Whiteley full time and will monitor the situation at both accesses onto Botley Road.