The deadline for the consultation on the new Article 4 Direction covering this Conservation Area is 21 November 2016.

Here are links to documents sent to all residents in the Conservation Area by Southampton City Council.

Notice of Article 4 Direction

Letter sent to residents with the Article 4 Direction

The Article 4 Direction

Some residents have shared with us their representations to the Council and the responses

Chairman’s letter to residents concerning the Article 4 Direction

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hcBassett Green Road prefabs

You may wonder what you are seeing here. On closer inspection, you will realize that this amazing photo is of Bassett Green Road. Field Close is on the left near the bottom and the road running to the left at the top is Lobelia Road. Houses 97 to 111 Ethelburt Avenue have not yet been built. Residents who have come to the area since the 1960s, will probably have no idea that there was a large prefab estate on the north side of the road. The Council acquired the land for this development in September 1946.

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by Steve McInally, 70 Ethelburt Avenue

The Christmas Carol Concert around the big tree at the top of Ethelburt Avenue will take place, so long as the weather is fine (not pouring down), at 7pm on Thursday 22nd December 2016. Bring your own/to share mince pies, mulled wine and other seasonal delights! We will try to supply some carol songbooks for those who wish to join in. Donations welcome for the lights and the band, but not essential.

But please do not leave Steve out of pocket, any surplus goes to charity – Ed.

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This is advance notice that the Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club annual quiz night will be held in February 2017. The format will follow last year’s successful event at the Pavilion on the Park Eastleigh, with teams of up to six people. Further details and the exact date will be published when these are known, but in the meantime contact John Green on 8067 1016 for information, or to register your interest.

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Many people have been dismayed that the gate leading to the fields at St George’s School has been locked. How have we come to this? A former headteacher, Mrs Knight, treated public access to the fields as sacrosanct. In 2007, the school added a gate, build a short length of fence out across the footpath and registered a claim under the Highways Act 1980, Section 31 (6) that “No ways over the Property have been dedicated as highways”. Nothing much happened until, in 2014, the police locked the gate for a couple of months because of nuisance from motorbikes and mini-motos. The spell was broken, the final step had become easier. On September 8th, there was a meeting of Councillor Bob Painton, Valerie Laurent, our Leaside Way street rep, and PCSO David Scott with Mr Habberley, Assistant Headteacher. He assured them that the gate is to remain locked. To improve the security for the children, it is proposed to instal new electrically operated school gates. These will be in the original position, further out than the existing ones, and so enclosing the gate to the fields. They were told that, in the fullness of time, the school grounds will be fully enclosed, as finance permits. There was no give and take here.

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by Robert Williams

Everyone appreciates a well-maintained home, but recently it has been noted that some residents have gone the extra mile and reinstated missing features. This includes the replacement of inappropriate aluminium double glazed windows to a house in Ethelburt Avenue [installed before the Article 4 Direction] with new timber windows to match the originals. Also in Ethelburt Avenue, the rebuilding of a missing chimney stack, with carefully matched details and render, which restores the symmetry of a semi detached pair. A house in Bassett Green Road, which for many years had an incongruous black front door has recently been repainted in light cream to match the surround, as Collins intended. The Committee commends these residents for enhancing not only the appearance of their own homes, but also of the Conservation Area as whole, for the benefit of all residents. Thank you!

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by Robert Williams

To help residents source appropriate materials and tradesmen to repair and maintain their homes, the Committee agreed to a compilation of a list which will be available on our website. This will include where to obtain lime mortar for pointing, cast iron gutters and downpipes, leadworkers to repair roofs to bay windows, leaded-light craftsmen to repair the small side windows, painters, joiners to repair timber windows and roofers to retile roofs. This will be less haphazard than the “Highly Recommended” entries in the Newsletter. If anyone has any suggestions from their own recent experiences, please could they drop a note to me at 74 Ethelburt Avenue, or send an email.

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The dates for the next three road repair working parties are as follows:
Upper Team 19th November 2016
(Houses 58 to 102 and 67 to 111)
Middle Team 18th February 2017
(Houses 30 to 56 and 41 to 65)
Lower Team 13th May 2017
(Houses 1 to 39 and 2 to 28).
Reminders will be sent out for each team a week beforehand. If you are not on the current mailing list and wish to be so, please contact John Dixon at 34 Ethelburt Ave (80550064 or jdd at soton.ac.uk). Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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The Association’s AGM has been scheduled for Tuesday 15th November at St George’s School. We are looking forward to an illustrated talk on the Swaythling Remount Depot by John Fish. Residents will be sent notices of the meeting about two weeks in advance.

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by Ray George

I received no explanation from readers for why the middle square in Ethelburt Avenue is shown as Agatha Place on the A to Z Street Map. I suggest it is a “trap street”; a deliberate mistake to detect copyright violators.

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