Archive for the “2013 Newsletters” Category

by Ray George

I sometimes look at the notices on lampposts. It may turn out to be about a lost cat or more frequently, a planning application. I was surprised to see one for installation of a satellite antenna on the rear elevation. My surprise was because a planning decision in 2004, based on the opinion of a City Council law officer, was that planning permission was not required.

How can this be, you may ask? The Notice of the Article 4 Direction for this Conservation Area clearly requires planning permission for a satellite antenna anywhere (see Design Guidance, page 32). But things are not so simple. The letter on behalf of the Secretary of State said that the Direction may be approved insofar as it relates to either the side or front elevations of a building. Something went wrong. Either because the man at the ministry, when amending the order with his red ballpen, forgot to add “on its front or side elevations” to the paragraph on satellite antennas, or the City Council in its Notice, failed to state that the overarching scope of Article 4 Direction was “as it relates to either the side or front elevations of a building”.

I have recently received a letter from the City Council to say that their Law Department agrees with the advice given in 2004 and so they will no longer ask for planning applications in relation to satellite antennas on the rear of properties.

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R & R Contractors, 79 Mortimer Lane, Fair Oak, Hants, SO50 7BT 023 8069 2476. For gravel and other drives.

Window Painting Specialists Ltd., 23 Riverside Gardens, Romsey, SO51 8HN, Mob: 07894 742310, email: office at wepaintwindows.com

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by Peter Martin

Much work has been done over the years by a hardworking group of volunteers. In May, an exceptional amount was done and the result is extremely helpful and effective. I am not in the position to help with this kind of work so I feel rather timorous about offering my thanks for all this work on all our behalves in the Avenue. Nevertheless thank you.

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The registered office of Woodhill Properties Ltd has changed to The Limes, 18 Finches End, Walkern, Herts, SG2 7RG.

The local contact remains their agent Richard Hunt, Highfield Estates, 91a Brookvale Road, Southampton SO17 1QY Tel: 023 8058 5911.

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About 100 people came to the party. The weather was ideal; sunny with a light breeze. Once again, we thank Ian Jarvis and Ken Hickling for cooking the barbecue. New to running the children’s games, from egg-and-spoon race to tug-of-war, was Harriot Smith. Lucy Fellick used her artistic skills in face painting. A football match between dads and sons produced tremendous enjoyment for players and spectators alike.

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by Ray George

The builders of the City Gateway have been producing an occasional newsletter for the community. This does not seem to have been widely distributed, so that very few people knew of the open evening held on 17th July. I had anticipated that we would be shown round. Instead, we sat in an office, had an opportunity to ask questions and saw some photos of the work going on. There will be future open evenings. The current newsletter is displayed on the noticeboard outside and back numbers may be viewed at www.stonehamlanesurgery.nhs.uk/info.aspx?p=8

The building is scheduled for completion in July 2014. It is expected that a Morrisons Local will occupy one of the retail units.

People who have been angered by the misspelling “Ethelbert” on the “No Parking” signs, will be pleased that they are going to be remade.

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Harry Willis Fleming has produced a 10 minute item for BBC Television to be broadcast in September. A link to further details will be put on our website when available.

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The number 5 now travels in both directions along Lobelia Road and Bassett Green Road. Many people, including this Association, had objected to the ridiculous anomaly that it was possible to catch a bus from the Burgess Road shops to Bassett Green Road, but not a bus to get there.

A change in the route of the U6, means that it no longer goes round a loop past the Wessex Lane halls. Instead it turns left into Burgess Road at McDonald’s and returns the same way. The U6 stop to the town is now in High Road, outside Morfair Supermarket.

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We are planning to hold the Association’s annual general meeting on Tuesday 15th October in the hall at St George’s School starting at 7.30pm. It is hoped that on the same evening, the Council will present the draft Appraisal and Management Plan and draft revision to the Article 4 Direction. The formal consultation period will then begin.

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