Hampshire County Council's Conservatives have been trying to put a gravel extraction side on Hamble Airfield for decades. We're still fighting to protect the residents of Hamble from this disruptive scheme.
The former airfield site Hamble has been marked as a potential location for Cemex to create a new extraction centre. They plan to extract up to 1.69 million tonnes of sharp sand and gravel from Hamble Airfield over a ten year period. Not only would this permanently scar the landscape of a beautiful green space, this scheme would subject Hamble Lane to 144 lorry movements per day, adding more congestion to an already busy road.
Local residents have been backed by our three Parish Councils and Eastleigh Borough Council, united in opposition to plans before the County Council for 10 years’ traffic chaos on Hamble Lane with Cemex’s gravel plans. Liberal Democrats in Eastleigh have been opposing some form of this scheme since July 2006, when we launced our first campaign! Councillors for Hamble, Netley, and Bursledon, ran a petition earlier this year which attracted nearly one thousand responses in opposition to this scheme. Eastleigh Liberal Democrats will continue to fight against Hampshire County Council's plans.