Archive for the “2002 Newsletters” Category

On June 22, I attended the annual Community Conference at the Southampton Institute organised by the Southampton Environment Centre. There was a choice of 12 workshops. After solving the City’s transport problems at the ‘Getting around Southampton’ workshop, I went to one called ‘Graffiti Fix’ where the City’s Cleansing Officer, John Martin introduced us to the Sparkling Southampton Community Cleanup Kit. The graffiti damage in Southampton is at least £300,000 per year and is getting worse. We practised removing some graffiti on a bottle bank in the grounds of the Institute and were then presented with our own cleanup kits. If you would like to use the kit to remove some graffiti near you, give me a ring on 023 8055 6056.

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Despite a few drops of rain and some chilly gusts of wind, the Association’s party was a very enjoyable event.
We now have two barbecue kits which may be borrowed by ringing Derek Clarke: 8055 5691.

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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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by John Fennick, Leaside Way

The residents of Leaside Way have a problem with some of the boys attending St George’s School. As well as overturning bins, they have decided it is great fun to jump into and push each other through the privet hedges.

On the day of Mrs Knight’s letter, at 3.30pm, I photographed a boy who deliberately took a run and jump into the hedge of No. 13. On Feb 27th at 9.20am, I photographed a group of boys take another and throw him into the hedge of No. 5.

The Deputy Headmaster, Mr Maloy and the Head of Year 11, Mr Oldham were very pleased to help. They were having  problems with these boys within the school. The boys in the photographs are now going through the exclusion procedure.

On March 15th, three younger boys were pushing each other into the privet and ended up in the garden of No. 9. The following Monday I identified the boys from school photos. Mr Maloy called them to his office, told them he would write to their parents and if it happened again they would go to the exclusion procedure. After apologising they were sent out on community service picking up litter in Leaside Way.

If you are at home between the hours of 8.30 -9.30am and 3.15-3.30pm and have a camera or camcorder or can identify these boys, give the evidence to Mr Maloy. With your help, he will stop this vandalism.

The school phone number is 8032 2603.

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The following letter was sent by the headteacher of St George

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The Southampton Federation of Residents’ Associations had a meeting on 5th March entitled “Open All Hours” about the prospect of 24 hour opening of public houses under proposed legislation. One of the two speakers was John Heyworth, a consultant in the A & E Department at Southampton General Hospital which deals with 70,000 patients a year.

Alcohol is the key thing that is making life difficult. On Friday and Saturday nights there are a large number of young men who subject the staff to intolerable verbal abuse and actual physical violence. He was very keen on any measures that would reduce the problem. The evidence suggested that 24 hour opening would neither make things worse nor better. The other speaker was Inspector Kelvin Taylor who heads the police licencing team of himself and 3 constables. There has been an explosion in the number of licenced premises in the City but without any increase in resources of police, ambulances etc. He said that the vast majority who come into the City at weekends do not cause problems. But there is no quick fix for the problems we face.

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Bryan Baldry resigned as treasurer when he recently moved to London. We thank him for looking after our accounts for the last two and a half years. Ellen Horton, who is the street rep for Bassett Green Road and an accountant by profession, has volunteered to take on the job.
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This walk takes us to North Stoneham Church, through Home Wood to Bracken Hall (formerly Fred Woolley House). The walk takes less than two hours.

Go north along Stoneham Lane. To avoid the traffic you can walk in the playing fields as far as the M27 underpass. After the underpass comes the Wellington Sports Ground and beyond that, North Stoneham Church.

Immediately after the church, turn left onto the farm road. This goes round the Park Farm farmhouse. After the breaker’s yard comes a high brick wall of an old kitchen garden. A little beyond the end of this wall, round a bend, you will see a white five-barred iron gate on the right. A few yards before the gate, on the same side of the road, is the start of a footpath. This will take you all the way to Bracken Hall after about half a mile. Near the beginning, the path has woodland on the left and a meadow with cows on the other side. Later, it runs through attractive mature woodland. After skirting Bracken Hall, go down the road and cross the bridge over the M27. At the Chilworth Roundabout return home along Bassett Green Road.

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“Making it happen !” was the optimistic title of a conference at the Holiday Inn on 16th March.

“The Southampton Partnership” and “The Southampton Community and Voluntary Sector Network” (SCVSN) were terms new to me. They have their origin in the Government’s belief that better cooperation between the various sectors of the community such as local government, police, health service, commerce, voluntary sector etc. will improve the quality of life. This is to be achieved by the formation of a “Local Strategic Partnership”. In practical terms this means a committee on which these sectors are represented. The community and voluntary sector has 5 members. Our residents association comes into this category.

To supply these 5 members to the Partnership a further body called the SCVSN has been set up. Currently a ballot is being held for the 15 members of the SCVSN Coordinating Group. Our association has one vote and the HCERA Committee will decide for whom to vote.

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