Archive for the “2001 Newsletters” Category

Residents were recently sent a letter from the Ethelburt Avenue Repair Sub-Committee. The immediate proposal is to macadam a 15m stretch at the bottom of the road where the most serious potholing occurs. The owner of each property is being asked to contribute £35 for this work.

The plan includes the restoration of an adjoining short length of verge and the opening of a buried drain on the north side.

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About 30 adults and their children enjoyed a very pleasant summer evening. But where was everyone else? Use the Discussion Forum on our Web site http://www.herbertcollins.co.uk/ to tell us what social events you would like the Association to organise.

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The Association’s secretary Rebecca O’Boyle is moving to Kent. Rebecca has been secretary since March 1999. As well as keeping immaculate minutes and looking after our correspondence, she has been the driving force behind many of the Association’s activities. We wish her all the best for the future.

We are pleased to say that Nicky Evans of 29 Leaside Way has agreed to be secretary. This is subject to approval at the AGM.

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Have you visited our Web site yet? www.herbertcollins.co.uk will soon contain the Design Guidance for the Conservation Area. So if you are thinking of an extension, alteration or repair to your property this is where to look. Printed copies of the Design Guidance are included in the Welcome Packs from your street rep.

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by Gaye Dawkins

Mrs Knight, head teacher of St George’s School, Leaside Way, had many trees cut down in August 2000 by Community Services without the consent of the Council or consideration to local residents. This has been stopped and tree replanting should start at the end of this year.

These woodlands are of important amenity value to the residents of Leaside Way, Summerfield Gardens and Greenways; they provide a visual screen between the residential elements and the school. From 1st June 2001, the Southampton City Council made a Tree Preservation Order. This Order covers trees in the bluebell woods on the east and west sides of the school. These meet up with woodlands behind Greenways and with the Hardmoor Plantation, which already have a TPO on them. The Order has to be confirmed by the Council within the next 6 months before it can take effect formally.

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On this walk we explore the southern section of the Monks Brook Greenway.

We walk down Bassett Green Road, under the Railway Arch to the Wide Lane roundabout and cross over the road near the wooden post that directs us to Monks Brook Greenway. We go through the wooden gate and along the path which leads to and continues beside Monks Brook. Soon it becomes a footway between a block of flats on our left and a wall beside Monks Brook. After this it continues on through the woods. Eventually we come to a green painted bridge. If we went over this bridge the footpath would take us to South Stoneham Church. Ahead the path continues but will soon peter out as Monks Brook curves round in front of us. We therefore go left at the green bridge along what is called Monks Path. Where the tarmac stops and continues as gravel, there is, on the left a short path of paving slabs leading into Monks Way. Immediately beyond this point, we turn right and make way through some woodland into a field. We cross the field and look for a track into the woods. We go through the woods and come to a large ash tree in which a platform has been built. Beside the tree is the remains of a small brick bridge over a drainage channel which we cross. The track to the left leads out into a field. To the right, the track follows an interesting route beside the Itchen but we eventually find we can go no further and have to retrace our steps to this point. We hug the eastern tree line of the field all the way to Mansbridge Road. We return along Mansbridge Road taking the pleasant elevated path that runs beside the houses of the Swaythling Housing Society.

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Residents who returned forms in May objecting to the proposals for Park-and-Ride at Swaythling and removal of strategic gap status from the land south of the M27 motorway may be wondering what happens next.

Over a thousand representations were made about the initial deposit plan. At present these are being sorted out into policy areas and put into a computer database. This phase is taking longer than expected because only one person is working on it. In August/September people will be contacted to give them details of meetings to discuss the issues. The intention was to publish a revised draft plan before Christmas but this is now likely to be early next year. During 2002 there will be a public enquiry and the plan adopted in 2003.

Residents may have heard that as well as park- and- ride at Stoneham, there are plans to site the City Bus depot there. Sharp-eyed readers of the Local Plan will have noticed that the existing Portswood Bus Depot is a site earmarked for building 250 dwellings.

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Maurice Drake has done a splendid job restoring the wooden nameplate at the bottom of Ethelburt Avenue.

A new nameplate has been purchased for Field Close.

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The annual general meeting of the Association will be on Thursday 11th October at 7.30 pm in the Hardmoor Early Years Centre, Leaside Way.

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We have a set of Collins wooden windows in our garage, also one interior door. Ring Sue or John on 8067 1016.

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