Archive for the “2001 Newsletters” Category
Chairman Dr Ray George 75 Bassett Green Rd
Secretary Mrs Nicky Evans 29 Leaside Way
Treasurer Mr Bryan Baldry 35 Leaside Way
Tree Planting Sub-Committee
Ethelburt Avenue Repair Sub-Committee
Non-Committee Representatives for Ethelburt Avenue
We welcome the new members to the committee. As a token of our appreciation, we sent Rebecca O’Boyle some flowers. She tells us she is settling well into her new home in Kent.
The Association’s AGM was held on Thursday 11th October. The meeting agreed that the annual subscription should remain at £3 per household.
by Steve Mackenzie
There was another chance to discuss our plans at the AGM with the (admittedly few) people present from the Avenue, all of whom agreed that the work as described in a previous letter to the residents of Ethelburt Avenue should go ahead.
At the time of the AGM, we had banked £2721 from this year’s collection towards the Road Repair Fund. (This is not a multiple of £35 as we received a small gift!) A few more payments have come in since then, and if you still want to contribute, but were out when we called, please drop round a cheque for £35 pounds either to Peter Martin at 52 Ethelburt Avenue, or myself at 96 Ethelburt Avenue.
Including the surplus income from last year, we can now go ahead with our plans to have 15 m of black tarmac put down at the low numbered end of the Avenue. This work could be done at the end of November.
The tarmac will be surfaced-dressed a more suitable colour after the top surface of the tarmac has worn in. We also intend to unblock the drains along the Avenue, and plant sections of verges around them, but this has not yet been arranged.
Many people have said that the last repairs made to the road surface, by a gang of residents led by John Scoates and Maurice Drake, were the best that they can remember. We will soon need to call for more volunteers to repeat the work, and if you could help to coordinate this effort, please get in touch.
The Lawn Tennis Club’s Quiz Night and Ploughmans’ Supper will be in the Chilworth Hall (next to the Clump Inn) on Saturday 17th November at 7pm for 7.30pm.
You are all welcome, whether or not you are members of the Tennis Club. Get your tickets in advance for £6 from Claire Buckley,
We have been in correspondence with Mrs Knight, head teacher of St George’s School about the litter dropped by boys on their way to and from the school. Mrs Knight’s reply was very positive and she said that she would be tackling the issue of litter with all the boys. Our letter would be used to illustrate the antisocial nature of their behaviour. She will do her best to ensure that a member of staff attends one of our meetings to work together for the benefit of the local community.
by Ray George
The press has only recently awoken to the loss of early morning collections from post boxes. But residents will have noticed that this happened here several months ago.
Monday to Friday collections are:
The last collection from Bassett Green Road is a quarter of an hour earlier than formerly. This may not seem much but could be useful if you want to catch the post after work. However the last collection at the High Road, Swaything Post Office is 18.30.
The Saturday collections are:
Contrary to my expectation, the last collection on Saturday from the box outside the Swaythling Post Office is not around closing time but at 11.00. There is however a Sunday collection from this box at 12.00.
The Mail Centre at Southampton Airport has a last collection on Monday to Friday at 19.30, on Saturday 14.00 and on Sunday at 13.30. On Monday to Friday, there is a Midnight collection for next day delivery to the SO and SP areas only.
The Post Office will only say that First Class Post should be delivered next day anywhere in the county, but this is not guaranteed.
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by Ray George
Following the formal business at the AGM of the Southampton Federation of Residents’ Associations on 30th October, Mr Roger Honey, City Safety Manager, gave a presentation. He compared the actual crime figures in Southampton with the results of the Fear of Crime Survey in which 2500 families had been sent questionnaires and 600 had replied. Surprisingly the top fear was fraudulent use of credit or debit cards but this was closely followed by burglary and car crime. Half said they felt fairly or very unsafe going out at night and 31% never visited the town centre at night. He thought the solution was to have more and varied activities in the city centre so there were more people about. Contrary to the perception of many that there had been a big increase in crime recently, the figures showed only a very slight increase in the last two years and a slight fall this year. The burglary rate was one of the lowest in the country for a town of this size. The 40% increase in street robbery over the 3 years 1997 to 1999 looked very bad but this was due to a small group of young people who had been caught.
Crime figures varied quite a lot over the City. Swaythling/Hampton Park had an 800 reported- crimes increase from 1997 to 99, although there was a slight drop from 1999 to 2000. He said he had not intended to appear complacent, the total cost of crime in the City was estimated to be £209 million!