Chairman: Ray George, 75 Bassett Green Rd
Secretary: Debbie Smith, 74 Bassett Green Rd
Treasurer: Andy Sharvill
Anne Dempsey, 66 Ethelburt Ave
Robert Williams, 74 Ethelburt Avenue
Field Close: Robert Angell, 2 Field Close
Tree Planting Sub-Committee
Non-Committee Representatives for Ethelburt Avenue
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by Steve and Mary McInally – 70 Ethelburt Ave
We would like to thank everyone who braved the cold and joined in the carols in Ethelburt Avenue on 22nd December. There must have been around 50 people who came along and Ocean Brass were ever so good. A lovely festive evening was had by all and we will definitely do it again next year.
I’m sure residents wish to thank Steve & Mary – Ed.
A class room at St George’s School proved a more suitable size for our AGM on 24th November than rattling around in a hall that is too big for us. We were well looked after by Andy Leach, the school’s Site Manager. He and James Habberley, the Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for school management would like to understand more fully the impact the school has on the local residents and how we can work together to look into any concerns.
It was a great disappointment when our after-AGM speaker forgot to come.
Kevin White, Historic Environment Group Leader emailed to say that the Council’s Graphics Department had produced the draft of the Appraisal and Management Plan for public consultation. The six week consultation period will be launched with a public meeting, probably in early March. When this has been arranged, we will deliver invitations around the Conservation Area. In the meantime, you can have a preview of the consultation draft by following the link at
The HCERA Committee has decided not to hold an Open Gardens Day this year and confirmed the practice of holding this event on alternate years. This provides you with a great opportunity to get your garden ready for next year.
We were concerned to see that solar panels had been installed on a side roof-slope in this Conservation Area, as permission had not been sought from Woodhill Properties Ltd. Whatever the need for planning permission from the City Council, entirely separate permission is required for alterations under the restrictive covenants.
In 2011, Woodhill Properties sought the views of the Association on solar panels, so this item was placed on the agenda for the AGM. The overwhelming view of the meeting was that “Solar panels on roofs are OK provided they are not too visible from a road”. You should therefore expect that Woodhill Properties will make their decision in accordance with this principle.
On November 9th, Harry Willis Fleming gave a most interesting talk at The SeaCity Museum on the Swaythling Remount Depot. He now has more information and photos than are on his website, www.swaythling.org.uk/ which unfortunately he has no time to update. The South Camp on which our Conservation area sits, was built in August 1914. It was initially tented and later had 183 corrugated iron huts. A light railway ran throughout the camp. By December 1918, some 390,000 equines had passed through. Unfortunately, there are no service records, specific to the Remount Depot, of the 25,000 men involved, although individual service records can be found.
You will recall from previous Newsletters that we would like to have a memorial to the Swaythling Remount Depot. We welcome submission of a design for such a memorial, perhaps from a young person. If interested, please email us, so we can exchange ideas.