Archive for the “2006 Newsletters” Category

Officers 

Chairman:
           
Ray George,
75 Bassett Green Rd 
Vice-Chairman:    Vacant 

Secretary:
            
Elizabeth Hudswell,
23 Leaside Way 

Treasurer:
            
Ellen Horton,
76 Bassett Green Rd 

Street Representatives 
Bassett Green Rd:      Peggy Gow,
71 Bassett Green Rd
Ethelburt Ave:           
Michelle Hickling,
100 Ethelburt Avenue
                                   
Annya Sait,
90 Ethelburt Ave
Field Close:                
Vacant 
Leaside Way:             
Angela Gilbert,
18 Leaside Way
Stoneham Lane:          Elizabeth Cox,
11 Stoneham Lane
Summerfield Gardens: Gaye Dawkins,
3 Summerfield Gdns

Tree Planting Sub-Committee 
Robert Williams, 74 Ethelburt Ave 
David Adams, 50 Ethelburt Ave 
Julian Ball, 65 Ethelburt Ave 


Ethelburt Avenue Road Improvement Group
 
Godfrey Collyer, 2 Ethelburt Ave (Chair) 
John Dixon, 34 Ethelburt Avenue
(Repair Team Organiser, Tel: 8055 0064 ) 
Mark Farnell, 58 Ethelburt Avenue 
John Scoates, 38 Ethelburt Avenue 
Noel Waterston, 59 Ethelburt Avenue 
Rob Williams, 74 Ethelburt Avenue. 


Non-Committee Representatives for Ethelburt Avenue 

Una Chandler,19 Ethelburt Ave 
Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, 69 Ethelburt

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Quiz Night: Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club will be holding their annual General Knowledge Quiz at the Chilworth Hall on Saturday 2 December. The tickets cost

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Accompanying this newsletter should be a form for reporting incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour to the Association. This arises from discussion at the AGM where it was agreed that it would be useful for the Association to have an overview of such incidents. 

Remember to report all incidents. Use the single non-emergency telephone number 101 as an alternative to 999 for reporting less serious or anti-social offences to the police. For the police you can still use 0845 045 4545 or the Anti-social Behaviour Team on
0845 605 2222. If you wish to be anonymous, you can report to Crime Stoppers whose number is
0800 555 111

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At the AGM, it was agreed that having an open gardens day should be taken forward by the Committee and the Committee has now decided that the Open Gardens Day will be on
Saturday 26 May 2007. Please email or tell your street rep if you would like to offer your garden or suggest gardens. The proceeds will go to a local charity and we invite nominations. 

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The meeting of the Southampton North Neighbourhoods Partnership Coordinating Group on 19th October learnt that the City Council has entered into an agreement with the Groundwork Solent Trust to support and achieve environmental regeneration. This is a six year programme with

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Police Community Support Officer Sonja Payne came to part of the HCERA Committee’s last meeting. She, together with her colleague Aaron Sutton, patrol Beat 4 which covers our area, the Flower Roads, the Leaside Way area and Mansbridge. She started in January and her particular area is Mansbridge. From November, there will be a PCSO for everything north of Bassett Green Road, but they all work together. She said that this is a mixed community, including the elderly and a few large families. The main problem is with youths and low level crime. Unfortunately in a small minority of families, the kids run riot and the parents don’t care, they just laugh. In these circumstances, they look to see who else they can involve, such as the housing association and the education welfare officer. She can make visits to homes to find out the issues. She also goes to meetings and gets involved with projects. She emphasised the importance of always reporting incidents.

 She told us that the Dispersal Order around Ventnor Court has now expired. Also, boys leaving St George’s School at lunch time now have to carry a pass authorising this. 

The Committee was impressed with PCSO Payne and believe she will make a valuable contribution to reducing antisocial behaviour. 

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Jane Davies, the City Council’s Conservation Officer gave a talk, illustrated with slides, on why it is worth conserving the Conservation Area. She showed the deleterious effect on the estate of someone “doing their own thing” to their house. Sometimes, people want large extensions that are out of scale with the original development, although careful design may make them acceptable. One of her horrors is repointing. Often repointing is unnecessary and with unsuitable mortar can lead to damage to the bricks. 

Several members of the audience were greatly concerned about their metal windows. The original windows now cause a lot of problems and are in urgent need of replacement. Similar windows even if desirable, would be prohibitively expensive. But they cannot get planning permission for anything else. Jane Davies pointed the way forwards. The HCERA Committee is setting up a working party to investigate the problem. This could lead to the Association recommending to the City Council that the Design Guidance for the Conservation Area be amended. 

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At the meeting of the North Neighbourhoods Partnership Health Working Group held in September, discussion took place on the response to the health questionnaire sent out within the area. The 75 responses were mainly from the senior citizen age-group. The North Neighbourhoods have a higher than average number of single pensioner households, and their responses raised concerns about the needs of this age group. There are many facilities available for the elderly, but due to lack of knowledge, many of the elderly feel isolated in their own homes. This could also be due to financial and mobility problems. We decided to try to get a slot in the magazine City View which has an extensive circulation. For this slot, we would draw up a list of activities available to the 50+ age-group to be known as SIS (Seniors Information Service).
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Is anybody interested in starting a monthly book-reading club on a Monday or Thursday evening during the coming Autumn, Winter or Spring? If so, please contact me. I will gather together the names of interested people and advertise a meeting for all who wish to come.
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There are a very small number of membership subscriptions outstanding in Ethelburt Avenue. If this applies to you, please would you drop it into Michelle Hickling, 100 Ethelburt Avenue.
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