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On July 25th, the Hampshire Police Authority held a public consultation meeting in the Guildhall. During the evening we divided into five groups based on the areas covered by the Neighbourhoods Partnerships to prioritise our concerns. The North Neighbourhoods'(Swaythling, Bassett and Highfield) top three priorities were action against antisocialbehaviour, more resources for crime prevention and provision of police foot patrols.

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At the end of the summer term all the residents of Leaside Way had a letter from St George’s School inviting them to a meeting to discuss the traffic problems caused by the buses and cars taking the boys to and from school.

I went along and found them understanding of our concerns i.e. cars parked on the verges and at times a line of five or six buses belching out fumes for minutes at a time. I was assured action would be taken.
Although outside the remit of the talks, litter and hedge-breaking were discussed. They will do all they can to correct this behaviour. They said, and I believe them, it is only a small percentage of boys who behave in this way.

I attended another meeting on the 12th September. I learnt that the installation of the pedestrian phase in the traffic lights at the Stoneham Lane/ Bassett Green Road crossroads had been put on hold for financial reasons. I will only go to future meetings when, as promised, they let me know that something relevant to us is coming up.

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This walk takes us on a circular route via the Wide Lane Playing Fields and Stoneham Lane. The walk takes about one hour and a quarter.
Go down Bassett Green Road and under the railway arch. Just after the Fleming Arms enter the northern section of the Monk’s Brook Greenway and walk along the path. Just before a little bridge over a drain, you will see on your right a path leading to a stile and some steps to a pedestrian crossing over the railway line. Taking this, you emerge in Wide Lane on the south side of the Ford Employees’ Car Park.
Go along Wide Lane, under the M27 and past Southampton Airport Station. Continue a little further along Wide Lane to the car park of Southampton University’s Wide Lane Playing Field. Enter and go clockwise around this splendid playing field following the south and then west boundary. In the north west corner find a path that leads out to the byway Doncaster Drove, south of the Concorde Club.
Go over the bridge, cross the main road and enter old Stoneham Lane. Go along Stoneham Lane past North Stoneham Church. After passing under the M27 enter the field on your right and cross it diagonally. While crossing the next playing-field to the west you will see on your left St George’s School. Go to the left of the basket-ball pitches and pick up the path that skirts the School and leads out to Leaside Way and so back into Bassett Green Road.
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Are you a car or van driver? Where do you park your car? Is it in front of your neighbour’s window? Would you appreciate a vehicle parked outside your house? Think before you park!
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Ethelburt Avenue Residents were well represented at this year’s AGM, and many offered advice about the appropriate work that needs to be done to keep the road in good order. Within the financial constraints it was generally agreed that the current road surface requires regular and frequent repair, and that this is best done by residents.
This year’s volunteer repair work has mainly been organised by resident Ralph Page. The potholes were to be filled on Saturday 5th October, but unfortunately after delivery of material, this had to be postponed at short notice. A week or two after the potholes are filled in, we will use a roller to pack down the surface, which should slow the formation of new potholes.

At the AGM, there were suggestions that traffic calming measures (such as speed humps or width constrictions) might be needed to slow the traffic, and to deter use of the Avenue as a cut-through. If you have an opinion about this, then please get in touch by letter or email.

Everyone agreed that drainage was a problem, but there was some concern about the best way to solve this. We plan to employ contractors to repair the drains in the Avenue, but we are still considering options to ensure that the drains are effective and do actually collect the water that currently runs down the middle of the road!
Finally, we will make house calls to collect this year’s remaining maintenance contributions (of £30) this week.

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Moving the AGM to the lighter evenings of mid-September more than doubled the attendance of the previous year. The meeting amended the rules to extend the scope of the Association to Summerfield Gardens. Ray George in his report mentioned the formation of the Southampton North Neighbourhoods Partnership. At present the Association is not represented on this bodyand is missing out on an opportunity to push for local improvements.
Steve Mackenzie reported on repair work to Ethelburt Avenue (see below).
The agenda item on ‘Damage to trees’ produced a lively discussion. Although a contrary view was expressed, the prevailing view of the meeting was that swings should not be set up in trees, because of the potential damage to the tree and also the destruction of the bulbs planted beneath the tree. (Contributions on this subject are invited for the next Newsletter.)

Only half-an-hour was left for an informative talk by Jane Davies on ‘Conservation – Illustrations from the New Forest’. She showed real feeling and sensitivity for the built environment.
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Angela Gilbert, the Leaside Way street rep, took up the invitation sent to residents of Leaside Way and attended the Working Group on the School’s Travel Plan. This might not seem of much relevance to residents, but the meeting was an opportunity to meet with school staff and representatives of the bus companies. Angela did complain about lines of waiting buses belching out fumes and parents parking on the verges. Carol Bagshaw, from the City Council, said a pedestrian phase will be introduced into the traffic lights at the Bassett Green Road /Stoneham Lane cross roads.

During the work on the new building for leisure facilities, due to start in September, use of the public footpath to the back of the school may be disrupted. Contractors have been told they must not take their heavy vehicles along Leaside Way very early in the morning.

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‘Noise Nuisance’ was the topic for the meeting of the Southampton Federation of Residents’ Associations on 11th June. Sonya Taggart, an Environmental Health Officer and Bob Morley,  Southampton City’s Public Health Manager gave a presentation. Normal domestic and reasonable DIY noise is not a statutory noise nuisance. But depending on the time of day, how loud it is and how long it has been going on for, many sorts of noise can be a statutory nuisance: stereos, television, shouting, banging, unreasonable domestic noise etc. Following a complaint, a letter is sent to the alleged offender. The Out of Hours team visit the complainant when the noise is ongoing and if they establish that there is a nuisance, will serve a Noise Abatement Notice. A breach of the notice will lead to prosecution and, for persistent offenders, seizure of equipment. To complain about noise or other nuisances contact the Public Health Service on 023 8083 2531.

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It has been evident in recent months that rubbish (sweet wrappers, drinks cartons, cans etc.) has been consistently dropped on the green in Bassett Green Road. Almost daily, I pick up something off the Green. I accept that rubbish accumulating at the outer end is likely to have been dropped by passing pedestrians, however, it is clear that ice, pop and sweet wrappers etc. found in the centre and near the inner end of the Green is probably the waste of children who use it to play on.

When children are busy doing what children do, playing their games or whatever, they often forget the little niceties of life such as depositing their wrappers in a suitable place, e.g. their pockets, or preferably a bin. So please parents, perhaps a gentle reminder to your offspring every now and then might work wonders !
The residents of our close pay for the upkeep of the Green and its surrounding road, so let’s keep it nice for everyone to enjoy – litter free. Adults and children alike – please deposit litter in a bin!
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The 2002 AGM of the Association will be on Monday 16th September at 7.30pm in the Hardmoor Early Years Centre, Leaside Way. This is a month earlier than previously to take advantage of the lighter evenings.
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