HHRA Update 30 April 2022
Updated: May 6
Daedalus Drive. Now that the concrete blocks have been removed from the southern end of Daedalus Drive, some members have queried the apparently conflicting signage. Whilst the sign at the roundabout by the tower directs towards Broom Way for Fareham and Gosport, the sign on Stubbington Lane at the traffic lights indicates no access to the airfield and no through road. (There is another sign at the roundabout indicating that access beyond there to Marine Parade/Stubbington Lane is not for heavy goods vehicles). We have investigated and concluded that, whilst it is indeed now possible for light vehicles to travel each way for the length of Daedalus Drive, we imagine that the sign on Stubbington Lane is intended to deter motorists from using Daedalus Drive as a rat run. We have sought confirmation from councillors and will let you know if there is anything further to add.
The 36 Old Street Red Box. The pill foil collecting box that is normally put out on Mondays will not be there on Monday 2 May.
The Blue Lamp Trust. We know that some of our members have found advice about home security from the Blue Lamp Trust very helpful. The Trust works closely with Hampshire Constabulary and all advisors are police vetted.
The Trust provides free home security visits, long-life smoke alarms and advice to vulnerable residents in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, particularly elderly people and victims of burglary and domestic abuse. You are very welcome to make contact via this link The Blue Lamp Trust or you can ring 0300 777 0157.
They have now launched Cyber Bobby. This is a brand-new scheme which is seeking to protect people from becoming victims of cyber-crime. Cyber Bobby provides free home visits, giving advice and guidance about basic IT security. This covers topics such as what is cyber-crime; cyber scam and prevention advice.; how to check privacy settings; signposting to other advice and resources; how to report issues; how to recognise scam emails and texts.
If you, or anybody you know, is eligible (over 65; a disabled person over 18; a victim of cyber-crime and would benefit from a Cyber Bobby referral, please enquire via the Blue Lamp Trust website at https://www.bluelamptrust.org.uk/cyber-bobby or the phone number above.
Phaeocytis. It’s that time of year again and the characteristic signs of the algal bloom of phaeocytis are becoming apparent. It was particularly visible in the harbour opposite the Visitor Centre this morning. Though harmless, the algal bloom can be mistaken for an oil slick or sewage. The Environment Agency has said “In the old days, these blooms were known as ‘stinking waters’ and ‘baccy juice’, referring to the discoloured waters and the smell released when they break down…they are actually pretty harmless…” but they can undoubtedly look rather unpleasant!
Members’ Meetings. As previously announced, the next full members' meeting will be on Monday 13 June at 8pm, as usual in the church hall, Bells Lane. We will have our first guest speaker for over two years and provisionally the subject is The Southsea Coastal Defence Project; as most will know, Portsmouth is low-lying and this is a massive undertaking, repairing the sea defences along Southsea front to protect the Common, the Castle and local residential area from flooding.
Advance notice - the following members' meeting is provisionally set for Monday 5 September.