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There are free guided nature walks on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November with local wildlife photographer Bob Painton. The walks begin at 11.00, start and finish at the Swaythling Railway Station car park and last about 2 hours.

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by Dan Hopgood, 18 Ethelburt Avenue

Planning approval was conditionally granted by Southampton City Council (SCC) on 21st June for the student, retail and doctors’ surgery development at Parkville Road. The opposition of two Swaythling councillors, dozens of letters from residents, petitions, attendance of objectors and presentations against it from Ethelburt Avenue, Parkville Road and boxing club at the planning meeting were insufficient to sway the decision.
The developer is now agreeing with SCC “heads of terms”( i.e. a non-binding outline) of a Section 106 agreement, which will commit the developer. A key element of this is a required commitment to enforce the “no car” agreement with students.

The developer stated at the planning meeting that he won’t agree to any financial penalty for his failure to enforce the no car agreement, but the approval is conditional that he does. But the fine detail of the S106 won’t be finalised until the tower is built. If the developer then refuses to sign up on the enforcement issue it would be impractical for SCC to refuse planning permission – as the alternative is knocking the tower down, so the developer would get his way. That almost certainly means serious parking problems in the area.

The second petition run in Ethelburt Avenue gained signatures at 86 out of 86 properties asked, demonstrating a high level of concern.

I requested in a letter to Stephen Harrison, case officer for SCC Planning on 21st June that the heads of terms for the S106 include the provision for the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act to be used to give Ethelburt Avenue residents the right to take enforcement action on the students if the developer does not. I have not received a reply. In my view, this option represents the best prospect of limiting damage to the conservation area. If you feel strongly, I would be pleased if you could contact your councillors and the planning department and press for this option to be properly considered now – since it will be too late once the heads of terms of the S106 are agreed in a few weeks time. If you wish to contact me for more details you’re welcome to.
Tel: 023 8055 8245

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On 18th June, the Friends of Monks Brook had a working party to clear Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera from along the banks of Monks Brook. This prolific annual garden escapee is replacing our native plants. To control it, the plant has to be pulled up before it disperses numerous seeds in August and September.
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by Ray George

In the adopted City of Southampton Local Plan Review there is a table showing the maximum car parking standards for new developments. This table suggests that in the parts of our Conservation Area which are within 400 metres of the Southampton-Portswood-Eastleigh Public Transport Corridor, a three-bedroom house is entitled to 0.75 car parking spaces. The previous government’s policy was to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport by restricting car parking.

The present government’s policy is to provide parking which takes account of expected car ownership levels. The City Council has published a draft Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document. The maximum provision for a three-bedroom house becomes 2 parking spaces. Some of this can be on-street parking. The consultation period closes on 22 August (link on our website).

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The First Bus service number 7A to the General Hospital, Shirley and Millbrook ceased in June. The 7 only goes as far as Burgess Road. To get to the General Hospital, you can catch the U6H outside MacDonald’s and from the hospital take the number 4 to Shirley. The 7 does not run on Sunday evenings; the first time in living memory that there has been no bus along Bassett Green Road. To return from the City Centre on Sunday evenings, there is the number 2, U6H and U2B (limited service outside University Terms).

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This appeal has been successful. The inspector decided that the carport being lightweight and set well back would not unbalance the semi-detached pair of properties. In view of the variety of treatments of the space between the houses and the side boundaries at nearby properties, i.e. flat roof garages, high gates etc., the inspector considered that the carport would not be intrusive.

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Thirteen residents opened their gardens on 15th May. This year, gardens in the lower part of Ethelburt Avenue were among them. A cheque for £44 has been sent to Tools for Self Reliance.

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If you see Committee members taking photos around the Conservation Area, this is likely to be be for the new document “Character Appraisal and Management Plan” which will replace the “Design Guidance”. Instead of the sketches of features of Collins houses, there will be colour photographs in the new booklet.

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