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Council reassures over safety as work continues to clear fallen Cobden tree

'Trees on Cobden Avenue are inspected on a regular basis' - council
Update 23/9/17: Cobden Avenue now reopened
As work continued on Friday – now expected to last into the evening – to clear the tree that fell onto Cobden Avenue just before 8am, the council released a statement about tree safety.

• Tree misses traffic as it falls onto Cobden Avenue in rush hour

Tree misses traffic as it falls onto Cobden Avenue in rush hour

Video: John Hunt
Update 23/9/17: Cobden Avenue now reopened
A large pine tree fell across Cobden Avenue from Deepdene at around 7.50 this morning (Friday) - incredibly missing the usual queue of traffic approaching the Triangle. 

• Council reassures over safety

Townhill Park: Work to start on homes for affordable rent

townhill park plot 1 phase 1 pr shot 460
The council says work's due to start this month building 56 affordable homes on the corner of Meggeson Avenue and Townhill Way, as part of a wider plan for 665 new homes at Townhill Park.
• Townhill regeneration consultation closes on October 1

Stunning flying swan video filmed at Riverside

What a lovely video clip from Lee Fadden - @beardedheart on Instagram, taken at Riverside Park....

‘Love the Triangle’ – plans anticipated

triangle pixelated 460Council officers are expected to be coming back shortly to a ‘Love the Triangle’ group of residents with a plan of achievable improvements at the Triangle.

'we are open': final show before God’s House Tower revamp

gods house tower 200 px under CC2 by Alexander P KappThe final show of work by artists, including a number from Bitterne Park and St Denys, opens on Friday at God’s House Tower (SO14 2NY) before the ancient building is transformed into a new arts and heritage centre – writes Deborah Gearing.

Autumn comedy at The Point

The PointBy Kieran James
This autumn The Point presents some of the UK’s best touring comedians including satirical comedy and traditional stand-up.

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Temporary signals and night-time closures for Woodmill Bridge

Temporary signals and some night-time closures are scheduled for Woodmill Bridge next week (beginning September 18), the council has confirmed.

Eastleigh Film Festival gets underway from September 25

Eastleigh-film-festivalBy Kieran James
This month Eastleigh Film Festival (EFF), curated by The Point, returns to the borough with 19 films set to be screened across 12 venues.

Last chance to apply to Big Local fund

SO18 big local logo smallTime’s running out to apply to the SO18 Big Local Small Grants Fund, which makes awards to local groups and organisations.
• Community group grants up for grabs

Council cabinet change

civic centre gp 460 stylisedJohn Jordan, who joined Southampton City Council as a councillor for Bitterne ward in 2015, is to become the council’s cabinet member for children’s social care.

Retirement flats heading upwards

mccarthy stone development bitterne parkHere's a recent peek around the Cobden Bridge hoarding at the emerging McCarthy & Stone development 'The Boathouse'.

Residents urged to secure property following recent break-ins

police mirror textPolice have warned residents to secure property following recent shed and garage break-ins in the area.

Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd and now open Mondays, offers an impressive range of  electric bikes from big names like FreeGo and Wisper, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

So: To Speak programme announced

press release hannahsilva460The programme for October's So: To Speak festival of words has been announced, boasting over 60 events around Southampton.

Music in the City returns to Southampton in October

music in the city lgoIt’s the Southampton event that sees punk and country acts rubbing shoulders in venues ranging from underground vaults to ships and coffee houses: Music in the City (MitC) is back in October, and the 2017 programme has been published.

Townhill regeneration consultation closes on October 1

meggeson avenue hoarding2The council’s consultation on its “draft decommissioning and acquisition policies and proposed regeneration of Townhill Park” closes on Sunday, October 1, and there’s a further drop-in session about proposed changes coming up.
• Townhill Park: Work to start on homes for affordable rent

Special needs steam railway carriage on track for October launch

miniature railway hoopsVolunteers who run the miniature railway in Riverside Park are to launch a special needs carriage capable of taking wheelchair users on train rides.

City’s Clothes Bank moves to Bitterne Park

clothes rail 460Southampton’s Clothes Bank, which provides donated clothing to those in need, has moved its base from St Mary’s to Bitterne Park.

PE teacher nominated for diversity award

Alix Christopher profile photo 200A teacher at a college popular with Bitterne Park students has been shortlisted for a National Diversity Award.

Bitterne Leisure Centre swimming pool to reopen

bitterne leisure centreThe swimming pools at Bitterne Leisure Centre are to reopen from Saturday, September 2 with a launch weekend of community activities.

Have a say on city safety

survey-2076353 640 pixabay 200The council is asking residents for their thoughts on the “state of safety in Southampton”.

More food waste dumped in Riverside Park

20170829 083630Following similar incidents earlier in the year, there’s been another instance of food waste being dumped at the Cobden Bridge end of Riverside Park.

Houseboat planning proposals up for decision

whitworth crescent street sceneA change is being sought to houseboat planning permission conditions on the riverside plot in Whitworth Crescent known locally as Glass Island.

Art of Heritage Festival postponed until spring

art of heritage logo 200 2016The Art of Heritage Festival (AoH), a three-day celebration of local art and culture which was scheduled for September 8-10 in St Denys, has been postponed until the spring due to “unavoidable and unpredictable personal circumstances”.

Bitterne Park property market still strong – agent

bitterne park properties stylisedThe Bitterne Park property market remains buoyant despite a “slowdown” in Southampton, according to a local estate agent.

Another Southampton music venue seeks crowdfunding

Hobbit music signJust a couple of weeks after we reported the crowdfunding efforts of The Joiners, another local music venue is now fundraising, because of what it describes as “crippling” costs.

Community group grants up for grabs

money-1084517 pixabay 460Community and voluntary groups can apply for funding through Southampton City Council’s Community Chest small grant scheme before the end of October.
• Last chance to apply to Big Local fund


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Shutters down at Bitterne Park Hotel

bitterne park hotel exterior March 2016The shutters appeared to be down at the Bitterne Park Hotel once more this week.

Peartree Green hosts first Bio Blitz

Lizzy and Lucy 200Peartree Green hosted its first ever Bio Blitz on Saturday, August 5, which attracted both amateur naturalists from outside the area and local residents who wanted to find out more about the flora and fauna on the Green – writes Jill Doubleday.

Night-time noise annoys Bitterne Park

sound wave pixabay2A “shockingly loud” night-time noise, described as sounding like a “washing machine” and a “repetitive grinding noise”, is disturbing the sleep of some Bitterne Parkers.

Why did the deer swim in the rain?

deer in river bigUpdated: We'll probably never know why this deer apparently decided to take a swim in the Itchen, near the golf course, during yesterday's (Aug 2) heavy rain – unless you have a theory?

New kids' club for Cobbett Hub & Library

crayons child unsplash aaron-burden-60068A new, free kids' club at Cobbett Hub and Library is running on Mondays (not bank holidays) over the summer, with fun, games, arts and crafts, music, reading and play activities promised. All are welcome from 2-3pm.
To find out about other regular activities at the library, see their site here.

Music venue crowdfunds to pay for critical repairs

joiners cropped stylised460Southampton music venue The Joiners is under threat, and a crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise £5000 for urgent repairs to the building.

Promoting benefits of breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week runs from August 1-7, and the council is encouraging individuals and businesses to show support for mothers choosing to breastfeed through initiatives like the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme, so far supported by 144 Southampton venues.

Golf plan yet to tee off

golf unsplash 460 edewaa-foster-21157 While work on the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) nears completion at Riverside Park, there seems to be little news about the hoped-for nine-hole pitch and putt and ‘footgolf’ facility near Woodmill.

'Backroom' moves to former butcher’s

garsons butcher empty 2015The Triangle shop that was previously Moor’s Family Butchers will be reopening as a bric-a-brac and secondhand outlet from next month.

Beauty business leaving Triangle premises

colours of beauty leave triangleColours of Beauty is moving from its current Bitterne Park Triangle premises after some six years.

Whitworth man jailed after car chase

police sign jacket abstractHampshire Constabulary report that a man from Whitworth Crescent has been jailed after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, and driving while over the drink-drive limit, as well as for breaching a restraining order. The police account is here.

Beechwood students commended for citizenship course

Mayor of Southampton Councillor Les Harris 460More than 59 Year 6 students at Beechwood Junior School will be commended by the Mayor and the Hampshire Police Chief Inspector for their participation in a newly designed citizenship course.

Can you share memories of Bitterne Park in the 40s?

bitterne park primary junior schoolPat Millard – then Pat Steele –who lived in Oak Tree Road in the 40s, writes to see if anyone has more information about being a pupil at the local school during that period.

Charlie Dimmock unveils memorial to man who lit up Townhill Park

Charlie Dimmock celebrates monument in Townhill Park SouthamptonGardening expert and TV presenter Charlie Dimmock has unveiled a memorial to commemorate Ivan Nicholls, who was perhaps better known as Father Christmas in Townhill Park – and way beyond.

Blitz on motorists using mobiles behind the wheel

texting while driving under cc2 by Intel Free PressPolice have announced a further crackdown on drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel. 

MUGA taking shape at Riverside Park

muga gioUpdated Here's Gio. He's one of the team which is constructing the new Multi Use Games Area, or MUGA, at Riverside near the skating area, which will provide a hard playing surface and fencing, with line markings for various sports.

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