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There will be a meeting for members of Herbert Collins Estates Limited on Tuesday 10th May, commencing at 7.30pm. It appears that Covid-19 case numbers are now higher than at any time before, so the meeting will be via Zoom.


A draft policy on alterations is being sent to members with the notice. If you don’t receive yours, please email hcel@herbertcollins.co.uk .


If you would like to raise questions about the policy, it would be helpful to have them in advance.

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If you are a new arrival, you will discover there is an actice Facebook group who will be very happy to welcome you. The HCERA Group now has 196 members.


To join, you’ll need to be a member of Facebook. Log into Facebook, click ‘groups’, search for Herbert Collins Estates Residents Association and click ‘Join’. A message will be sent to you asking you to verify that you live or own a house in the Association’s area. You do need to answer the questions for the moderators to ‘approve’ you.

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There will be a litter-pick over the weekend of 22nd-24th April. The equipment is being borrowed from the Council. This is your opportunity to help clean the neighbourhood, so do please volunteer. To find out the arrangements, email HCERA and give your address.

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by Angela Cotton


Several HCERA residents attended the 27 January meeting on recycling with Katie from the City Council’s waste team, organised by the Leaside Way Residents Association. Katie explained what could and couldn’t be put in recycling. Plastic containers must be bottle shaped (pots, tubs and trays can’t be recycled at present but that may change in the future). Window envelopes are fine. Cardboard should have Sellotape removed if there is lots of it, but removing every last bit is not essential. Glass of the wrong type (plates, glasses, pyrex, returnable milk bottles) shouldn’t go in the glass box. There is a “20% tolerance” on inappropriate items, but loads can be inspected and will be rejected if too contaminated. Food waste collections will be introduced at some point in the future. Katie reminded us that Southampton residents can use the Hampshire recycling sites (our nearest one is Eastleigh) so long as vehicles are registered with them. Finally, we were reminded that recycling should be the last resort, with repair and reuse better options.

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Gather on the lower green in Ethelburt Avenue on Sunday 5th June between 2-5pm and bring a selection of celebratory drinks and nibbles for your own family to enjoy. Everyone is welcome from the whole Estate.
Other parts of the Estate may be organising something, either on the Sunday or another day of the Jubilee Bank Holiday, Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

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Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club is a small LTA affiliated, members only, club with two grass courts located by the lower green in Ethelburt Avenue. We welcome all standards of players, including beginners and juniors, who are able to make use of the courts once they have joined. The provisional date for the start of the season is Saturday 30th April, depending on the weather, and runs to the end of September. We may be able to offer coaching to beginners, improvers and juniors, subject to the availability of the coach. Now that the Government has removed all Covid restrictions, we are returning to our usual pattern of mix ins with other members and friendly matches with other clubs. When courts are not used for these activities, members can book a court for their own use.


Subscription rates for the new season will be fixed at our AGM in April, but as a guide, charges last season were: Adult £75 (£70 if joining before the end of May), Junior £25, Family £150 (£140 before the end of May). Some junior coaching was subsidised by the club. For more information please contact John Green, phone 023 8067 1016 or email: green.john@btinternet.com

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by Ray George


My mysterious article in the last Newsletter was set in train by realizing that toob are likely to dig up the footway in Ethelburt Avenue to install full fibre broadband. In 1950, everyone expected that Ethelburt Avenue would be made up when economic conditions permitted. A letter from the Council’s Borough Engineer on 6th March 1950 said “At the present rate at which approvals are received from the Ministry of Health to make up private streets, it will be some considerable time before any proposals can be considered for Ethelburt Avenue owing to its low priority in the order of streets to be made up”.


Because of the lamentable state of the road, the Bassett Green Leaseholders and Tenants Association decided something had to be done. They planned to start by laying the footpath on the side adjoining the even numbers. They did not want the work and money to be wasted when the Council got round to making up the road. So a specification was agreed with the Borough Engineer and the Council would supervise the work. In the event, there was insufficient support and twenty owners even signed a letter to say “We the undersigned owners of the even numbered houses in Ethelburt Avenue definitely refuse to have anything to do with the proposed pavement or make any payments whatsoever”.

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by Angela Cotton


Residents may be aware that the Local Government Boundary Commission is working on a revision to Southampton’s ward boundaries (an additional ward is to be added), with an initial consultation that ended on 31st January. HCERA discovered that Southampton City Council had submitted a proposal for boundary changes that would see the Estate carved in two between Swaythling and Bassett across Bassett Green Rd.

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HCERA submitted responses of our own indicating that putting a boundary in the middle of a conservation area and residents association is inappropriate. The Boundary Commission will be publishing its own proposals in due course, with a further consultation. We will be keeping an eye on what they propose.

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