Chairman: Ray George, 75 Bassett Green Rd
Secretary: Debbie Smith, 74 Bassett Green Rd
Treasurer: Geoffrey Williams, 31 Stoneham Lane
Tree Planting Sub-Committee
Ethelburt Avenue Road Improvement Group
Non-Committee Representatives for Ethelburt Avenue
The Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club Annual Quiz Night will be held on Friday 5th February at the Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh. Doors open at 7.00 pm for a prompt 7.30 pm start. Entry (which must be booked in advance) is £7 and includes supper. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. Teams can be up to 6 people, but those not already part of a team can be allocated to one on the night. For further details, or to book a place, phone John Green on 80671016.
On 22nd December, about 50 hardy souls gathered around the tree in the pouring rain to sing carols. Residents very much appreciate all that Steve and Mary McInally put into this event: booking Ocean Brass, covering the large tree on the top corner of Ethelburt Avenue with lights, erecting a marquee to keep the musicians dry, not forgetting all the publicity and producing carol-sheets. Next year, they promise to provide fine weather as well.
The Annual General Meeting of HCERA was held on the 18th November. The meeting decided to leave the annual subscription unchanged at £4 and the Ethelburt Avenue Maintenance contribution unchanged at £30 in 2016.
A presentation was made to the retiring treasurer, Andy Sharvill.
The policy on solar panels was debated under any other business. People were equally divided between the new policy of no solar panels and permitting them, if they are not too visible from a road.
The Appraisal & Management Plan was presented to the City’s Cabinet on 20th October and approved. This adopted version is now on our website at www.herbertcollins.co.uk/guidance.
The representations by residents of Leaside Way has produced a small concession on metal windows: ‘Where it is clear that groups of houses (for example in Leaside Way) all have similar issues with the condition of the metal windows, the Council will look sympathetically at joint applications from owners for the replacement of the windows in a standardised style that matches the form, appearance and profiles of the existing windows. This would mitigate the harm caused to the character and appearance of the conservation area, and should enable home owners to negotiate discounts from manufacturers’.
When the new Article 4 Direction is made, all residents will receive a letter giving notice of the Direction and when it is due to come into force. There will then be a minimum 21-day consultation period. But don’t kid yourself that this is anything more than a formality. After this, the Council will decide whether or not to confirm the Direction.
The HCERA Committee has decided that the Open Gardens day will be held this year on a Sunday in May. The date has yet to be decided.
by Angela Cotton, 8 Summerfield Gardens
There are two types of solar panel, both of which received government subsidies. Thermal panels provide hot water, and can make a significant difference to water heating bills, even in winter. Photovoltaic (PV) panels generate electricity. After around 2-3 years these will have generated enough energy to pay back that used in their manufacture, and they will continue generating for 25-30 years, after which time they can be recycled.
I am fortunate that my south-facing roof is at the back, so the panels can’t be seen from the road. My 17 panels have generated an average over 5 years of about 2590 ± 80 kWh of electricity each year, more than twice the 1100kWh we used before they were put in. Our metered usage is now around 700kWh/y, so we use on average about 15% of the solar energy and the rest goes to the grid to be used by neighbouring properties. (In winter we use nearly all our generated energy, in summer much less. We could use more if we installed a device to divert any spare solar electricity to an immersion heater to heat our water.)
While one domestic roof makes little difference to UK renewable energy generation, many roofs would. The advantages for the householder come from around 30% lower electricity bills and the (soon to be reduced) subsidy or “Feed in Tariff”. Many also become keen to reduce the amount of electricity they do have to pay for, through a combination of behaviour change and use of energy efficient device.
by Jane Cattell, 70 Bassett Green Road
How can you look at the suffering in the North West of our own country, due to climate change, and justify your policy of a total ban on solar panels? How short sighted and selfish! What will it take to convince people of their responsibility to make an effort to use renewable energy sources and cut down on emissions that have caused and are heightening this global climate problem. Luckily for us Herbert Collins owners, our homes are unlikely to be flooded in the near future. But how sad that our leaseholders have put in a rule that prevents us from making a positive contribution to a better world. If they had kept the guidelines of not having solar panels on front or side roofs that are visible from the road, we could have had our pretty little houses and also enabled people the choice to make a difference.