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The AGM of the Southampton Federation of Residents’ Associations on 8th July was followed by a question and answer session on anti-social behaviour. Mr John Heyworth, a consultant in the A & E Department at Southampton General Hospital said that since he last spoke to the Federation in March 2002, the problem had got worse and was no longer only at weekends but throughout the week. He was at a loss to know what to do about it. Read the rest of this entry »

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In April, Mrs Knight, the head teacher, wrote to the Association to tell us of the work planned for the stream and woodland in front of her school by staff from HSBC as a team building exercise.

She also asked us whether we would like her to consider particular work to improve their site.

On 8th July, the HBSC team removed rubbish from the woodland area immediately in front of the school and planted some bog plants around the stream. This is a great improvement, but the area which needs cleaning up is much larger as the woodland is a favourite place to get rid of bulky rubbish. Perhaps some members of the Association would like to form a team to continue the good work. If so, email us.

A visit to St George’s School shows they still have a long way to go to reach zero tolerance of litter within their boundaries.

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A resident of the lower square in Ethelburt Avenue has expressed concern about cars entering the square at high speed on their way to the tennis courts. Drive cautiously, children play in this area, or better still, walk; it is more healthy!
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We wrote to the City’s Development & Control Service about an inconsistency between the Secretary of State’s letter and the Article 4 Direction concerning the installation, alteration or replacement of a satellite antenna.

A Planning Officer has replied that “following advice from the Council’s Legal Services, it would appear that this restriction only relates to front and side elevations of properties within the Conservation Area”.

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Make a note in your diary of this great annual event. Our midsummer party will be held on Saturday 26th June from 3pm onwards on the Lower Green, Ethelburt Avenue. Children’s games, a bouncy castle and a barbecue starting at 5pm are planned. There will be a collection box for voluntary contributions to help defray expenses.

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The Road Improvement Group is continuing to investigate long term solutions to poor road surface, dust nuisance and other problems identified in the residents’ survey. In the meantime we will continue with the Saturday chain gangs which can make a significant difference at minimal cost. The next two scheduled dates for road improvement parties are 24th April and 24th July. If you have not previously volunteered and would like to do so, please contact John Dixon on 80550064.
The last chain gang took place on 31st January – a thoroughly wet and miserable
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After a successful winter season indoors at Fleming Park, we are looking forward to playing on grass again in Ethelburt Avenue. The courts have been well maintained over the winter months and we expect them to be of the usual high standard by the time our season begins on 24th April.
We shall be holding our popular Plant and
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Following an item in the last newsletter and a circular to Avenue residents, expressions of support from around fifty households were received for the re-establishment of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Twenty residents attended an initial meeting at St George’s School in late March.
It was agreed that the primary focus should be the current problem of vandalism, but that, as the scheme became established, this could be widened to include other concerns.
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The session on the 4th February was devoted to strategic gaps and park-and-ride at Stoneham. Test Valley District Council objected to the removal of the gap designation at Stoneham and the bus depot, but did not object to park-and-ride which they considered compatible with being a strategic gap. In response, Mr Cooke for the City Council said that Planning Guidance required that a strategic gap should be no larger than needed to prevent coalescence and the land south of the motorway was not needed for this. The inspector suggested that the motorway itself formed a strong physical and visual barrier. Read the rest of this entry »

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A wheelie bin is not the most attractive of objects and we now have two of them. To improve the appearance of our Conservation Area wouldn’t it be better to keep them out of sight except on collection days?

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