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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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The weather forecast was a nightmare for the organisers. We were in a state of complete indecision. Throughout the morning, light rain was interspersed with tantalising dry periods and the forecast told us that it would be clearing later. In one such dry period, the bouncy castle was delivered. It was not to last, but the children seemed quite happy to bounce in the rain. It was in fact mostly dry for the barbecue and we only got soaked as we were clearing up afterwards. Nevertheless there was a surprisingly good turnout and as you can see from the photos everyone had a good time.
Particular thanks to Michelle Hickling and Steve Mackenzie for doing the BBQ and to Izzie and Anna Hammett for face painting.

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Since the meeting at St George’s School in late March, the neighbourhood watch committee has been progressing the measures agreed at the time. John Caunt and Rob Currie met with council officers at the beginning of May and obtained their agreement to upgrade the Avenue’s street lighting. Thanks go to Rob for his survey of existing lighting, and to Alex Robbins for his preparatory lobbying. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Association would like to assemble a collection of photographic images showing the estate in days gone by. This newsletter has occasionally contained a photo of early Ethelburt Avenue and Bassett Green Road before the council estate was build. But we do not know what Leaside Way looked like before it was made up, or Field Close before the bungalows were built. In his book Sights and Scenes of SWAYTHLING, Mr Brian Ticehurst has assembled an excellent collection of photos. But there is nothing on the Collins Estate. He gives us one tantalising glimpse through the railway arch towards Bassett Green Road, but there is nothing to tell us what lies beyond. When W.J.Collins, Herbert’s father, purchased the land from John Willis Fleming of Chilworth Manor in 1925, it was just a field on the north side of Bassett Green Road and allotment gardens on the south side.

Did no one capture this rustic scene with their Brownie box camera?

Do you have any photos showing local views or recall any event on the estate that was recorded by a photo in a local newspaper?

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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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