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Southampton Greens want increased waterfront access

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Southampton Green Party has published a detailed report looking at waterfront access in the city, and is organising a walk celebrating our “precious waterfront heritage” for Saturday, February 25.

Dolphin 'very much open' – despite rumours

dolphin steve at pumpsThe landlord of The Dolphin in St Denys has quashed rumours that the pub has closed.

'Love the Triangle' meeting recommendations going to council

triangle pixelated 460Approximately 20 people attended the Love the Triangle meeting on Valentine’s evening in the Butcher's Hook to share their ideas about how Bitterne Park Triangle could be improved. Thanks to the organisers for sharing the following summary. 

All change at The Station as pub revamped

Station Southampton post revamp press shotThe Station pub in Bitterne Park has reopened after a major refurbishment.

Triangle butcher's: Ricky's ready to roll!

ricky moor triangle butcher close2Ricky Moor is all set to reopen the butcher's shop – which has been empty since early 2015 – at Bitterne Park Triangle this week.

Half term playschemes in Townhill Park and Harefield

SouthamptonChildrensPlayAssocLogoSouthampton Children’s Play Association (SCPA) is running playschemes during February half term in Harefield and Townhill Park for children aged 5 and over, funded by SO18 Big Local.

Music venue founder Bryn Lewis passes away

bryn lewis courtesy the brookThe Brook has announced that the music venue’s founder and creator, Bryn Lewis, who was a Bitterne Parker, has sadly died.

Students raise funds for community garden

campus collectiveA group of students have launced a crowdfunding campaign to create a community garden in Portswood, that they hope will build important bridges between university students and the local community. Read more on

Power problems in Bitterne Park

plug Updated: Power supplies were reduced or cut on Sunday (Feb 12) in the SO18 area affecting properties on several local roads.

New additions to

local info menu croppedWe've added some new links and feeds to to help you access information, and even report problems, more easily.

Could you help with our What's On page?

calendar green pixabay 200 whats onWe're on the lookout for one or more people who might be able to volunteer from one hour a week to help make our What's On section even better, and turn it into a really useful resource.

Café and flats for Lloyds Bank building?

Plans have been submitted for a change of use for the Lloyds Bank building in Portswood to allow for a possible café or restaurant, and there is a further application to create an additional two storeys for flats above. Read more on >>

First service 7 rerouted from February 26

bus first no 7 city red at bitterne parkBus company First has revealed changes to its service 7 from February 26, involving a change of direction around the route’s loop in Midanbury and Towhnill Park.

Tougher punishments proposed for shining laser pens at planes

plane landing-735299 460 pixabayThe Department for Transport (DfT) wants new powers to crack down on those caught shining laser pens to distract pilots, train drivers and motorists.

Audio: Community floats big ideas for Riverfest

riverfest meet ascension groupAround 50 people turned out on a damp Wednesday evening (Feb 1) at the Church of Ascension for a community meeting to plan Riverfest – a one-day festival on May 27 at Riverside Park that will celebrate the river. Listen to our audio interview with organiser Catherine Wright about the festival, the planning evening, and what happens next...

Watch film about Bitterne traffic scheme from 1974

bitterneroadsignHere's a film locals may well enjoy: some fifteen rather detailed minutes all about Southampton's evolving traffic system back in 1974,  encouraging the use of public transport when roads were clogged with private cars with often only one person in them even then.

Triangle chippy reopens

charlies leeCharlie's chip shop at the Triangle reopened on Friday lunchtime (Jan 27) after around 12 days of lost business due to problems with drains.

Video: Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the river...

Thanks to Jason Casey for posting this video onto our Facebook page and letting us run it on the website. Watch to enjoy a very interesting trip up and down our stretch of the river near Riverside Park. The camera even takes us under Cobden Bridge, on what looks like a lovely day...


Human remains found in Riverside Park near Mansbridge

A police cordon is in place in a wooded area of Riverside Park, near Mansbridge, following the discovery yesterday (Jan 28) of what police say “appears to be human remains”.

Five cars broken into at Deepdene flats

deep dene pillar understands five cars were broken into outside Deepdene flats in the early hours of Sunday (Jan 24).

Parents give views on school uniform proposals

bitterne park school badge on sweaterAs Bitterne Park School invites feedback from parents on proposed changes to its school uniform, a detailed letter is soon to be on its way to the chair of governors and the city’s education cabinet member from parents who oppose the plans.

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.

Promoted: Your ideas start here

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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 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.

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  electric bikes from big names like FreeGo and Wisper, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

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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.

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.

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