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Protecting the Solent and its Environment for Future Generations

Spring 2006

From the Chairman retires as SPS President

Excitingly, this is the Society's fiftieth anniversary year. We are marking this occasion with a celebratory lunch, open to all members, at the Royal Yacht Squadron on Friday 19th of May. This will be an interesting and historic occasion when you can come and hear about the history of the Society, how it all started and what we currently consider to be the principal challenges facing us all in the Solent. The application form for tickets for the anniversary lunch is included with this mailing. You are welcome to bring nonmembers who are interested in the work of the Society as your guests, but please book early to ensure you are not disappointed. The Council of the Society looks forward to meeting as many members as possible on this unique occasion. Maldwin Drummond has been involved with the Solent Protection Society since its inception in 1956, first as a member of the Council then as a Vice President in 1984 and President in 1991 until he handed over to Peter Nicholson last November. We are delighted that he has agreed to continue to be associated with the Society as a Vice President. Maldwin has many recollections of some of the characters and projects which have helped shape the Solent Protection Society. Among them, the Hook Refinery, the Central Electricity Generating Board proposals for Fawley and a nuclear power station at Newtown, the development of Southampton docks, incidents with the Queen Elizabeth in the Solent and early efforts for a Marine National Park (known then as the Solent Water Park). We look forward to hearing some of these recollections at the 50th Anniversary Lunch at the Royal Yacht Squadron in May.

Maldwin Drummond

Peter Nicholson

After National Service as a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, Peter Nicholson qualified as a Naval Architect working with J. Samuel White at Cowes and then Camper & Nicholsons Limited, yacht builders, his family business. He joined Camper & Nicholsons on a permanent basis in 1956, became Managing Director in 1964 and Chairman in 1968. In 1972 Camper & Nicholsons merged with Crest Securities PIc to form Crest Nicholson PIc. Peter served as an Executive Director of Crest Nicholson PIc from 1972 to 1987 and became a non Executive Director in 1988, in order to be able to take on other business activities. He joined a number of boards, which included Lloyds TSB Group PIc, where he was a Director from 1990 to 2000 and Carisbrooke Shipping PIc of which he was Chairman from 1990 to 1999. Since 1993 he has been a Director of TEN Limited, a Greek controlled shipping company, which is quoted on the New York Stock Exchange. He has been a Director of a number of other companies, both public and private, and chaired a regional radio company, Wave 105 from 1997 to 2000. He has also been involved for many years in the administration of the boating industry and yacht racing. He is a former Chairman of National Boat Shows Limited and was, for many years, a member of the Council of the Ship and Boat Builders National Federation. He is currently a Trustee of its successor, the British Marine Federation. He has served on the Council of the Royal Yachting Association and was a British delegate to the International Yacht Racing Union for twenty-five years. He chaired the Cowes Combined Clubs Committee from 1996 to 2000 and has for many years, been a council member of the Solent Cruising and Racing Association of which he is now the President. Peter is a Council member of the RNLI and was Chairman of the Institution from 2000 to 2004. He was made CBE in 2004 for services to saving life at sea. He is a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, of which he was Commodore from 1966 to 2001. He was Commodore of the Lloyds Bank Sailing Club from 1990 to 2000 and has also been a Rear Commodore of the Royal Thames Yacht Club. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House. Peter Nicholson has been very active in yacht racing all his life. He has raced all types of boat, from dinghies to large ocean racers, and has competed in fourteen Fastnet races, the Bermuda race, the Sydney/Hobart race and most of the major Mediterranean offshore races. He has been a member of the British Admiral's Cup team on a number of occasions and skippered yachts in the British American Cup and other international team racing events. He currently owns and races a Dragon class three-man keel boat which is based at Cowes. Peter Nicholson lives with his wife, Lesley-Jane, in Hamble, they have six grown up children and six grandchildren. He has lived on the bank of the River Hamble for most of his life. Part of his land is an SSSI and he has always taken an active interest in the preservation of the River. He has been a member of the Solent Protection Society for more than twenty five years.

Marine National Park

Our last two newsletters have had short articles about the idea of having the West Solent designated as a Marine National Park. In preparation for a campaign on this, we have now drawn up a report that describes the idea in detail and looks at the case for it, primarily as a conservation measure. This is now on our website, and we hope that members will have a look at it and give us their views. In essence, the report says: The West Solent's outstanding qualities are widely recognised and are different from those of the East Solent, Southampton Water and Portsmouth Harbour. It is a coastal waterway with few equals in England and Wales, needing special protection. The main pressures on it arise from recreation, but to an extent also from shipping, fishing, climate change, and pollution. Looking at these, it is apparent, firstly, that: i Although the number of craft moorings in the West Solent is small compared with the Solent as a whole, there is a significant influx of coastal and marine recreation from outside, the implications of which need consideration.

ABP Southampton

The SPS Council were fortunate to listen to a talk recently from a Senior Pilot with ABP Southampton, Captain Martin Phipps and ABP Southampton Marine Manager, Mr Ron Hayward. Captain Phipps reminded us of the sea area covered by their pilotage services and explained the organisation behind it. He went on to describe how ship's safety is checked before ships are taken into the Solent and then the various difficulties and hazards bring a ship through Solent Waters. He illustrated his talk with some fine pictures of ships plying trade with Southampton and scenes of the navigational channel. He had several interesting accounts of incidents in his working experience. Ron Hayward followed with some latest statistics on the success of the port and its importance to UK trade. He then concentrated on ABP's record in environment protection and the strict measures they take to safeguard the waters to which they are entrusted. At a later date the SPS Council were guests of the Harbour Master ABP Southampton, Captain Steven Young, visiting the operational Vessel Traffic System (VTS) at the port of Southampton. Visits to this centre are rare. Captain Young started our visit with an illustrated talk on their overall operations at the port, one of the country's busiest and most successful deep-water ports. They handle any type of cargo, the UK's principle cruise port, UK's leading vehicle handling port, half of UK's container trade from the Far East and 24 million tonnes of oil and petroleum products each year. Following the talk we went into the VTS operations room to see an array of radar sets giving coverage of Southampton Water, Central and Eastern Solent and the on watch team controlling vessel movement throughout the Solent. It was a very impressive and enlightening visit.

ii The maintenance of the local fishing industry would be helped by a study of the ecology, health and exploitation of the stock. iii Difficult decisions will have to be made on how to deal with the impact of climate change on the West Solent, and there is likely to be some re-thinking of pollution control strategy for the area as a result of the Water Framework Directive. iv There is no marine planning system in the West Solent (and in other sea areas) comparable to those for adjoining land, eg the New Forest National Park and the Island's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its protective status will need special provision. Ideally, the multitude of users and their interests in the West Solent might well be best co-ordinated, represented, administered and strategically developed through a Marine National Park, covering an area from the Needles/Hurst Spit (in the west) to Lepe/Gurnard (in the east), bounded by mean low water mark and the harbour limits of Lymington and Yarmouth. In our view, the `pluses' of such a Marine National Park outweigh the `minuses' . It is important, therefore, that the proposed Marine Bill, to be published in the autumn of 2006, should provide for the establishment of Marine National Parks generally, somewhat on the lines of the landward National Parks that exist in England, Scotland and Wales. We think that it would be better for the Society to pursue this in conjunction with other organisations, rather than alone, particularly if the idea can be debated in the Solent Forum. Thus the aim, in principle, should be to have the West Solent designated a Marine National Park, planned and managed through an appropriate partnership of statutory and non-statutory bodies concerned with the area.

New Council Member

Jeremy Clark has joined the Council of the Solent Protection Society. Jeremy lives in a riverside house on the Hamble at Bursledon and has sailed in the Solent for 40 years and is Treasurer of the River Hamble Mooring Holders Association. Now retired from executive roles in Motor Engineering, Contract Hire and Coach Travel in the Thames Valley, Jeremy held a Royal Warrant of Appointment as an automobile engineer to Her Majesty the Queen for 25 years.

And in preparation for this, there is a need to develop in more detail the aims, administration and funding of such a partnership. To do this effectively would require a research study, possibly through one of our local Universities, aided by a financial grant, for which we are seeking a sponsor. An appendix to the report gives brief particulars of 11 Marine National Parks overseas, proposals for at least one in Scotland, and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Copies of the report have been sent to Defra who are responsible for drafting the Bill in the first instance. In addition to it being on our website, we now intend to circulate it more widely for comment from interested parties, hoping especially for the support of our MPs. Professor Gerald Smart

To join the Solent Protection Society, please contact The Secretary

Mrs Judy Davies, 17 Acacia Road, Hordle, Lymington SO41 OYG · Tel: 01425 621524 email: [email protected] www.solentprotection.org

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