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Bitterne Park garages gutted by fire

sandringham fire320170115 142933UPDATED Police are investigating two garage fires in the Bitterne Park ward – one in Oaktree Road and one in Sandringham Road.

Parcel delivery van stolen while out on rounds

police mirror writing on carA driver who briefly left his van on Monday morning (Jan 16) to deliver a parcel in Broadlands Road, Swaythling, found his vehicle had been stolen when he returned to it.

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Triangle butcher could reopen under new management

triangle street sceneWe understand a butcher is hoping to take on what was Garson’s, next door to the bakery at Bitterne Park Triangle.

Time running out to have say on budget and bins

bin man and cartThe deadline for having your say on Southampton City Council’s budget proposals, to enable it to save £42.3 million in the face of what it says are continuing cuts to its funding from government, is January 24, 2017. Switching from weekly to fortnightly household waste collections is among the proposals.

Suspected drain collapse closes Triangle chippy

charlies lee and bevA possible collapsed drain meant Triangle chippy Charlie’s was forced to shut up shop on Tuesday (Jan 10) – and it’s not yet known when the fryers will be fired up once more.

Time called at The Station – ‘until February’

the station pub closed jan 17The Station pub, on the corner of Bullar and Macnaghten roads in Bitterne Park, has unexpectedly closed – but its owners say it will reopen in February.

Celebrate Year of the Rooster in Southampton

chinese dragon under CC by angiesCelebrations get underway on Saturday (Jan 14) in Southampton to mark Chinese New Year – and continue at various locations into February.

Raffle raises cash for Basics Bank

pat wyles with prizeA prize raffle in aid of the Basics Bank, which serves local people in crisis, and a group hoping to produce Christian films, raised around £115 at the weekend.

Run to help vulnerable and homeless people

runners5Can you help local people turn their lives around by joining Team SSJ (Society of St James) when the marathon, half marathon and 10K take place in Southampton on April 23?

Police warning after lasers shone at aircraft

West Midlands Police Helicopter under CC2 by WMPPolice are highlighting the dangers of shining laser pens at aircraft following a spate of reported incidents – one of which is thought to have originated from Bitterne Park.

Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd (and now open Mondays), offers an impressive range of up to 30 electric bikes from big names like FreeGo, Wisper, Solex and Riese & Müller, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

Have you found us on Facebook?

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Solent devolution deal could be on hold

Island news website OnTheWight has reported that the Solent Devolution Deal could be ‘left in the in-tray’ for the ‘foreseeable future’ following revelations made at an Isle of Wight council meeting. Read their report here.
Previously - Solent devolution: Southampton approves combined authority plans

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Further 9,000 foster carers needed in UK

According to the Fostering Network, a further 9,070 foster carers are needed in the UK. In Southampton foster carers are needed to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable children. If you think fostering could be for you, there's a choice of upcoming information sessions where you can learn more.

Raising funds for Bitterne Park musician's medical treatment

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A crowdfunding campaign’s
been set up to finance treatments not available via the NHS for Bitterne Park musician, artist and father Greg Gilbert, who’s been diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer. He’s known to many as singer and guitarist of Southampton band
Delays, pictured above playing in Mexico City. For the full story, and to donate, click here. Pic under CC2 by ALT1040

Public Space Protection Orders: 'need reviewing'

pspo sign portswoodThe BBC recently reported that, seven months after Public Space Protection Order ‘anti-begging’ fines were introduced in Southampton, not one has been paid, with “critics saying it’s proof the scheme is a failure,” and a cabinet member saying the scheme needs to be reviewed.

• Donate £12 & give a dinner to someone facing homelessness

Bitterne Park Hotel reopening under new management

bp hotel reopeningThe Bitterne Park Hotel is again under new management and scheduled to reopen on Friday (Dec 9) with an evening disco.

Company behind All Hallows nursery plan revealed

all hallows demolished signsUpdated While there was an emotive response to news of the demolition of All Hallows church at Witts Hill following our previous story, we can reveal that the site has been earmarked for the second branch of a Hampshire nursery.
• All Hallows church demolished

Homes under the Hammer features Bitterne

TV sharp-1844964 640pixabay under CCWe understand the BBC TV programme Homes under the Hammer, aired on Thursday (Dec 8), featured a property in Bitterne, although we're told it "showed quite a lot of footage of Bitterne Park and Riverside Park to illustrate where it was - somewhat confusingly!". You can watch it for a limited period on the BBC iPlayer - from around 32 minutes in.

Should we create grammar schools in Southampton, asks MP

Royston Smith The MP for Southampton Itchen, Royston Smith (Con), is running what he describes as a “local referendum” on his website, asking whether respondents are in favour of the creation of new grammar schools in Southampton.

All Hallows church demolished

all hallows demolishedUpdated: All Hallows church at Witts Hill (SO18 4QG) has been demolished, and plans have been put in for a new children's day care facility in a two-storey building on the site.
Company behind All Hallows nursery plan revealed

School poster controversy makes it into national press

bitterne park secondary exteriorUpdated: Reports of a controversy over a “challenging” poster, that appears to suggest unprepared students could end up alone, depressed or worse, but which it’s claimed is intended to spark discussion and debate, have made it into the national press.

R4’s ‘Costing the Earth’ looks at Southampton’s air quality

port sunset copyrightBBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth this week focuses on what it calls cruising’s “dirty secret”, looks at how Southampton’s air quality could be improved, and includes interviews with the founders of the Clean Air Southampton group.
• Southampton’s Clean Air Strategy gets green light

Keep it local this holiday season

shop local underCC share alike 3Fed up with the same old ‘clone town’ high street shops? Never fear, there’s a wealth of local independent businesses around the city. Using them puts your cash back into the local economy, and you can often enjoy personal service from members of your own community. From making it yourself, to food, drink and gifts, Clare Diaper takes a look at the best of Southampton's indies this festive season.

Have your say on council’s proposed £42.3 million budget cuts

civic centre gp 460 stylisedSouthampton City Council is consulting over new budget proposals to enable it to save £42.3 million in the face of what it says are continuing cuts to its funding from government.

Artist appeals for return of irreplaceable etching plates

dimond road signA collection of unique etching plates – the result of over two years’ work and of no value to anyone else – was stolen from an artist's car parked in Dimond Road on Tuesday night (Nov 15).

Cash and jewellery taken in Bullar Road burglary

bullar rd signJewellery including gold and diamond earrings worth £600 and a watch worth £200 were taken along with around £1000 in cash from a Bullar Road address in Bitterne Park on Friday, September 11.

Alcohol awareness drive launched in Southampton as new figures show 30,000 at risk

drinks cabinet under cc2 by clive darraAn alcohol awareness campaign is being launched as new figures reveal that 30,000 people in Southampton are drinking at levels that put their health at risk, and 10,000 are at high risk of physical and mental harm from alcohol.

Police crack down on use of mobile phones behind wheel

phone-no phone sign pixabay 200pxHampshire police officers have joined a nationwide crackdown on those using their phones behind the wheel.

H Palace for sale

h-palace nightTriangle Chinese and Thai restaurant and takeaway H Palace is listed as being on the market on a business sales website.

No reopening date for Triangle charity shop

barnardosBarnardo’s have said that they don’t know when their Bitterne Park Triangle charity shop will reopen, following structural damage inside.

Midanbury PO reopens post revamp

midanbury post office post revamp nov 16Midanbury Post Office reopened as planned on November 1 following a revamp, although it looks as if stock is still being arranged inside. The cash machine is now running again, and the branch will be offereing slightly longer opening hours and some extra services. See our previous story for details of new hours.

How to add events to our What's On page

calendar green pixabay 200 whats onPosting your events on our What's On page is a free, easy, two-step process (or one step once you have a login), and it's the fastest way to get your event on the site. We often then pick up on listings for news items and our social media feeds. Here's how to do it...

Triangle newsagent on the market

newsagent triangleA convenience store at Bitterne Park Triangle appears from a listing on to be on the market.

Cobden Bridge retirement flat developments

McCarthy and Stone retirement flats Southampton It looks like things are really getting going at the McCarthy and Stone site by Cobden Bridge, where 51 one- and two-bedroom retirement apartments are being been built.
• Ekco Radio sign 'won't be visible long term'
• Could be long wait for bus shelter

Whitworth Crescent: explaining recent tree works

whitworth trees1Following on from our previous story, 'Will trees get the chop?', about possible tree felling in Whitworth Crescent, an arboricultural consultant who works for the company which recently removed a large poplar tree and pollarded another on the road wrote in to explain what's been happening.

The mystery of the Mansbridge pump

mansbridge pump 200px LWGil Shelley writes to ask if any readers know who is responsible for this large blue diesel pump on the towpath by the river at Mansbridge, and why it’s there?

Stay warm and well this winter says Age UK Southampton

noone should have nooneAs the clocks turn back and the nights draw in Age UK Southampton is busying itself for the winter months by launching its annual winter health campaign.

Join library art group

sculptureThe exciting local event earlier this month, as Cobbett Road Library celebrated the 25th birthday of its statue, Art Within Reach, allowed us to see an exhibition of paintings by Dot Winteridge, who modelled for the statue and is herself an accomplished artist. The exhibition of Dot’s work includes some beautiful landscapes and is well worth a visit, writes Madeleine O’Beirne.


Future in doubt at Bitterne Park Hotel

bitterne park hotel exterior March 2016Update: The Bitterne Park Hotel said on its Facebook page that it closed on Friday night (Oct 28).
The Bitterne Park Hotel could be closing again as soon as Monday (October 31), having only reopened under new management in August.

Still time to get involved with End Youth Homelessness Sleep Out

ssj sleepout press shot croppedEvery night there are around 83,000 young people in the UK with no safe space to go to sleep, according to city homelessness charity Society of St James (SSJ), which is inviting people to get involved with this year’s End Youth Homelessness Sleep Out fundraiser on November 11.

Video: Black swans come ashore; one worse for wear

swans from video2Click through to see the black swans filmed by the Itchen at the Pettinger Gardens park. Unfortunately one seems to have suffered some damage: it can still walk and swim but probably not fly, we're told. Thanks to Catherine Wright for this video.

Help save Southampton Scrapstore!

scrap store website image used with permissionSouthampton Scrapstore, a 25-year-old arts and crafts resource centre in Belgrave Road which saves all sorts of discarded materials from landfill so they can be used by schools, community groups and individuals, has been appealing for more members and volunteers to help it survive.
• Southampton Scrapstore Open Day on November 5
• Crowdfunding £6460 to keep van running

13-year-old robbed at knifepoint on Townhill Way

townhill way signA 13-year-old boy was robbed at knifepoint on Townhill Way, close to Moorlands Community Centre.

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