Archive for the “2008 Newsletters” Category
Chairman: Ray George 75 Bassett Green Rd
Secretary: Elizabeth Hudswell 23 Leaside Way
Treasurer: Ellen Horton 76 Bassett Green Rd
Tree Planting Sub-Committee
Ethelburt Avenue Road Improvement Group
Non-Committee Representatives for Ethelburt Avenue
The Association’s AGM agreed that the annual subscription be increased to £4 per household. This is the first change since HCERA was formed in 1990.
John Dixon reported on the work of the road repair teams in Ethelburt Avenue. Another rainwater drain has been exposed near the top end of the road and in the year ahead the verge adjacent to it will be restored. The work is very dependent on a small number of loyal volunteers and others, particularly younger residents, are invited to participate. If you can help, please phone John on 023 8055 0064
The meeting agreed that the form for reporting incidents to the Association should accompany this autumn newsletter.
After the formal business, Jacky Barnes gave an interesting talk on the work of a magistrate and members were able to practice their sentencing skills.
Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club will be holding a General Knowledge Quiz on Saturday 15 November at Chilworth Village Hall (next to the Chilworth Arms) starting at 7.30. This annual fund-raising event is open to anyone and over the years has gained a reputation for the standard of the quiz and the excellent supper which is included in the ticket price of £7. Bring your own drink and glasses.
Tickets can be ordered by phoning Sue or John Green on 8067 1016 who will be pleased to give further information about the evening.
This walk takes us across the meadows of the Itchen Valley Country Park to the Visitors’ Centre. It takes about one hour.
Go down Bassett Green Road, under the railway arch and at the roundabout take the right fork. Go along Mansbridge Road past Stoneham Cemetery. Just past Two Mansbridge Cottages turn left into the car park. On the opposite side of the car park is the start of a footpath. A little after going along a wooden walkway and bridge you will see a notice saying “Itchen Valley Nature Reserve”. Climb over the stile and go to your left through the gap into the next field. About 100 yards half right you will see the wooden rails of a bridge; go over the bridge. Follow the path ahead towards the fence on your right and find the passage into the next field. Proceed eastwards through this long narrow field until you find a stile near the far end. Go over stile and join the Itchen Way. Follow it and go under the M27 beside the River Itchen. A little further on, go over the stile. About a 100 yards ahead you will see a notice. Just past the notice, you will see straight ahead the wooden railing of a bridge about 300 yards away. Do not go straight towards the bridge but reach it by the firm ground on your right, beside the river. Go over the bridge and proceed straight ahead about 300 yards to an isolated marker post. When you reach the post, turn half right. Pass over a bridge of railway sleepers into the next field from where you will see a second marker post straight in front of you. At this post, follow the arrow and walk beside the fence with the Itchen on the other side. Notice quarter right you can see the metal railings of a bridge. When you reach this bridge, go through the wicket gate, over the bridge and along the road to the Visitors’ Centre.
The Visitors’ Centre is open:
On 16th July, the City Council decided to cease funding Neighbourhoods Partnerships. A review is underway to decide on a new neighbourhood management framework. A report will go to the cabinet at the end of October, so things should be clearer by the time of our next newsletter.
On 31st August there was a massive deterioration in our bus services. Among other things, the number 6 was withdrawn and the 7 now only goes one way around a loop through the Flower Roads and down Bassett Green Road. It then follows the same route as the number 2, so we have no direct service down Bevois Valley past the Royal South Hants Hospital. To get to the General Hospital, we can catch the U6H outside MacDonald’s. Unfortunately the U6H service starts later than the 6 did and not early enough, if you work a shift starting at 7am.
“If you don’t use it, you lose it” for clearly First Bus aren’t going to run services that are not commercially viable. If you have particular problems with the bus services, tell Simon Bell, Principal Transport Planner, Southampton City Council. But don’t hold your breath.
New rules† relating to permitted development came into force on October 1st.
Hard surfaces at the front of the house exceeding an area of 5 sq. m. will need planning permission unless some conditions for water permeability or run-off are met.
In our conservation area, developments on the front and side elevation require planning permission under the Article 4 Direction, however the new rules will affect what we can do at the rear. The rules no longer contain restrictions in terms of cubic content. Residents who have previously needed planning permission only because they have a public footpath behind their back garden will be pleased to see this problem has gone away in the new rules.
† S.I. 2008 No. 2362
Don’t just put your surplus plants into the green bag, participate in our plant swap. Send HCERA an email about what you have to offer or what you would like to have, or tell your street rep. A list will be put on our website.