Given the breadth of issues involved in the scheme, it was clear that a Stakeholder Group of interested parties was required to help take the scheme forward from inception to completion. A Stakeholder Group was set up in December 2004 and its members have the following roles:-
- To provide input and advice in respect of the scope of the various studies required for the scheme.
- To provide comment on work carried out under the studies.
- To help to ensure that all relevant issues are identified and addressed at each stage of the scheme.
- To ensure that the views of the organisations represented by each Stakeholder Group member are taken into account as far as possible as the scheme develops.
- To develop familiarity with the scheme as it evolves, to the benefit of the organisations represented by the Group members.
Contributions made by Stakeholder Group members are without prejudice to their formal comments on, and the outcome of, the planning application and other necessary statutory permissions.
Organisations represented on the Stakeholder Group are not required to contribute funds to the project. The primary commitment involved is the time and travel for the representatives on the Stakeholder Group. Portsmouth Water is very grateful to members of the Stakeholder Group for their time and the valuable feedback they provide.
The Stakeholder Group includes representatives of the following organisations, for the reasons stated:
Consumer Council for Water (Lynn Judge and Karen Gibbs):
To attend as representatives of Portsmouth Water's customers
East Hampshire District Council (Ian Godfrey, Cllr Marjorie Harvey and Stephen D'Este Hoare):
To represent the views of East Hampshire residents and to advise on the development planning aspects of the scheme.
Environment Agency (Rod Murchie and Clare Jeffers):
To provide input in respect of the review of water resources, source yield, demand forecasting and ecology.
Forestry Commission (David Williamson):
To represent the forestry interests of adjacent land operated by the Commission.
Hampshire County Council (Cllr Sam Payne, Cllr Ann Buckley, John Tickle and Vashti Gooding):
To represent the views of residents and to advise on environmental mitigation and enhancement, recreation and integrated access provisions.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (Dr David Rumble):
To provide general advice in respect of ecology, flora and fauna including enhancement of habitats.
Hampshire Ornithological Society (John Goodspeed):
To provide general advice in respect of birds.
Havant Borough Council (Aaron Wright, Andy Biltcliffe and Cllr David Guest):
To represent the views of Havant residents and to advise on the development planning aspects of the scheme.
Rowlands Castle Parish Council (Malcolm Johnson):
To represent the views of the parish council and residents.
Staunton Country Park (Site Manager - Gordon Gardner):
To represent the interests of the Park and its users.
Leigh Park Community Board (Jim Edwards):
To represent the interest of the Leigh Park residents.
Stakeholder Group meetings started in December 2004.