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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
On previous occasions the Committee has drawn attention to damage caused by putting swings and ropes in trees which rub off the bark and so kill the branches. A tree surgeon has advised us that branches must be protected by wrapping plastic foam around them.