Chairman: Ray George 75 Bassett Green Rd
Secretary: Debbie Smith 74 Bassett Green Rd
Treasurer: Andy Sharvill
Tree Planting Sub-Committee
Ethelburt Avenue Road Improvement Group
Non-Committee Representatives for Ethelburt Avenue
It was over a year ago that this Newsletter reported plans for a housing development in North Stoneham Park in Eastleigh’s 2011- 2029 Local Plan. Since then, Eastleigh has had to withdraw its plan and produce a new draft revised Local Plan which went to public consultation, ending 2nd December. The housing development in North Stoneham Park certainly has not gone away, there are plans for 1100 dwellings.
Eastleigh is not the only district producing a Local Plan. We may not realise how far Test Valley District wraps around the north of Southampton. For example, most of St George’s School is in Test Valley. Their draft plan includes housing development of 50 dwellings at Park Farm which is just to the west on St Nicolas Church, North Stoneham.
Because the first item on the agenda was the draft Appraisal and Management Plan, there was some confusion when Kevin White, the Council’s Historic Environment Team Leader, failed to turn up. He has since said that he got confused, but exactly what the confusion was is not clear. This disappointed some residents of Leaside Way who wanted to take him to task about steel windows.
The annual subscription remains at £4.
John Dixon reported on the Road Improvement Group. He said that the trial of using shingle for surfacing was proving successful. There had however been a complaint that this made a less suitable surface for cycles and motor bikes. So they were considering what to do before using more shingle. Dan Hopgood would be taking steps to get the potholes in the tarmac repaired.
Peggy Gow said that it was unreasonable for residents around the square in Bassett Green Road to be asked to pay for road repairs in one large sum. The meeting agreed that a scheme of annual payments, similar to that operating in Ethelburt Avenue should be investigated.
A draft, showing Kevin White’s additions (in red) and his deletions, was presented at the AGM. This can now be seen by following the link at www.herbertcollins.co.uk/pages/appraisal/#draft
Our view is that since the document replaces the Design Guidance, the Management section should contain matters of guidance which are broader than enforceable planning policies. At present, we are in discussions with Kevin White about this.
by Ray George
Two hundred years ago, coming down Bassett Green Road to the traffic lights at Stoneham Lane you would have found there was neither a road ahead nor to the right. The road took a sharp left turn and then ran along Channels Farm Road to join the north end of Wessex Lane. Wessex Lane did not go to Woodmill Lane but turned west near the footbridge. It then passed some thatched cottages across the entrance to the modern bypass (still there in the 1920s) and went along the western boundary of the grounds of South Stoneham House. It continued as Portswood Road to Southampton. After the railway arrived in 1839, the road network took much the form that we see today (except for Portswood Bypass and the road from the motorway). The railway line cut straight through the grounds of South Stoneham House. The west side later became shops and housing.
The next Ethelburt Avenue maintenance day is scheduled for Saturday the 15th of February. It is the turn of the “Middle of the Road” team, but those from the other teams looking for a bit of exercise and banter are of course more than welcome to help out. If anyone thinks that they are not on the mailing list of road maintenance volunteers but are prepared to help out, please contact John Dixon on 80550064 or jdd at soton.ac.uk
by Rowena Noble
A couple of years ago I embarked on an extension to my 3-bed semi which I had been considering for sometime. I was fortunate to be recommended both architect and builder.
Anyone contemplating such a project may be interested in the following:
It is possible to put an extra window on the side elevation if it is Collins style, single glazed and wooden.
It is possible to have either a pent or vaulted roof but the angle to accommodate the tiles is critical and must not interfere with the string course (the row of prominent bricks below the first storey windows).
I wanted to replace the upper windows at the same time as the new extension and this was accepted.
Sourcing bricks was unnecessarily tedious. I was asked several times to build a panel to show how the new bricks would look. I managed to avoid this and eventually a local merchant brought a selection for the conservation architect to choose from.
Roof tiles were another matter. The builder spent much time sourcing the correct tiles before one was considered a good colour match for the existing tiles. It was then discovered that they would not fit the roof; new tiles were found of a nonmatching orange which required a small piece to be removed from each tile. There followed a “discussion” between conservation architect and building inspector, the latter winning the argument because you cannot fit a roof that will leak.
There were many more issues concerning the sourcing of the back door, the material for the new drain pipes, the need to “age” the new bricks with charcoal and new decisions to be made every day.
I now have my shower room, a garden room and a much more functional kitchen.
Would I do it again? I really don’t know.
NB Southern Carpentry, Nick Burrows Tel:023 8055 4372. Mob: 07525 336156
http://nbsoutherncarpentry.co.uk/ for repair of wooden windows.