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Council approval for Townhill Park development

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The council has approved the next steps in the regeneration of Townhill Park.

 
NatWest bank to close in Portswood

NatWest bank, Portswood, SouthamptonIt's been announced that the last of the ‘big four’ banks in Portswood, NatWest, will close on October 5. Read the full story on portswood.info

 
Planning Inspector confirms path behind school can close to public

park footpath behind school couplebitternepark.info understands that a decision has been made by the Planning Inspectorate, following last month's public local inquiry, effectively in favour of Bitterne Park Primary School (with some minor provisions).

 
Power cut hits Bitterne Road West area

plugUpdate 2: A power cut affected 716 residents in the Bitterne Road West area on Sunday evening (March 26).

 
Riverside pitch & putt and ‘football golf’ courses could open by summer

golf unsplash 460 edewaa-foster-21157 There are hopes that a nine-hole pitch and putt course, alongside a ‘footgolf’ facility, could open on the site of the closed golf course at Woodmill in time for the summer.

 
New head for Bitterne Park School

bitterne park secondary schoolA new headteacher has been appointed for Bitterne Park School and Sixth Form.

 
Family reunited with precious baby photos found during Deepdene clean-up

claire and jessieA Southampton woman has been reunited with valuable photos and footage of her daughter taken in 2011, when she was about one year old, after their family camera was found during a litter pick at Deepdene, and an appeal to trace the owner was launched on bitternepark.info.

 
Grants to encourage foster carers

kids 460 pixabaySouthampton City Council is offering one-off grants of around £1,600 to attract new foster carers and help reward those already fostering.

 
Flybe launches new connections using Southampton as hub

airport departure boardRegional airline Flybe has launched what it describes as a “new weekend leisure hub” as part of its 2017 summer schedule, making it possible for passengers from eight UK departure points to travel to 12 popular European destinations via Southampton Airport.

 
Break in at Cotton's bakery

butcher  baker triangle exteriorWe understand there was a break in at Cotton's bakery at Bitterne Park Triangle overnight (March 15/16).

 
Council gets grant to help rough sleepers

person on street with police officerSouthampton City Council has secured £400,000 over two years to help rough sleepers.

 
Get your message across with a Promoted Post!

promotedmegaphonemanGive your product, service, event, class or offer a boost with new Promoted Posts on bitternepark.info, and make sure you get coverage – on our site, in our digest & on social – for the unbeatable introductory price of just £35! Learn more and get started...

 
Do you need a blood pressure check?

blood-pressure-pixabay 460Estimates show that 25,110 people in Southampton are living with undiagnosed high blood pressure – one of the leading causes of premature death and disability in England – but free NHS health checks to pick up on the issue are available at various Southamptoin locations.

 
Marshal marathon locally and raise funds for your group

marathon runner man triangleABP are looking for a community group that can muster a minimum of 20 willing volunteers to marshal a local section of the ABP Southampton Marathon on Sunday, April 23 – in return for a £250 donation to the group.

 
The scene at Woodmill on a sunny Monday

woodmill rubbish 2We've received these pictures of Woodmill car park which apparently were taken on Monday morning (March 13), showing rubbish and waste strewn across the area. 'Read more' for further pictures.

 
Fancy a fun, fishy quiz night?

fishnchips pixabayFriends of Cobbett Road Library have organised a quiz evening with fish and chips for March 31 from 6.30pm, with profits going "towards keeping Cobbett thriving". Tickets are £10 available from the library. Opening times here.

 
New Portswood café focuses on inclusion, friendship and learning

Mencaps Cafe Down the Lane crew in PortswoodA new café has opened in Portswood that not only supports local people with learning disabilities, but is also priced to encourage people on a limited income to visit regularly. Read the full story on portswood.info.

 
Over 180 stopped in 'mobiles behind the wheel' clampdown

phone-no phone sign pixabay 200pxPolice caught more than 180 motorists using their mobile phone behind the wheel during a week-long crackdown across Hampshire – and 78% of motorists stopped were men.

 
October Books beats crowdfunding target in just five days

October Books, Portswood, SouthamptonOctober Books, which launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it pay the rent on its Portswood Road shop, has reached its £2500 target in just five days – and says it's now going for a "stretch target" of £5000. Read the story on portswood.info.

 
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.

 
Volunteers clean Chessel Bay

Marine Conservation Societyat chessil bay by A Manning 460Adam Manning has posted a report on the Green Hampshire blog about the weekend's beach clean and litter pick at Chessel Bay.

 
Bitterne Leisure Centre pool closes for repairs "until futher notice"

bitterne leisure centreBitterne Leisure Centre swimming pool has suddently closed for repairs "for the safety of all users".

 
Council awarded funding to help improve air quality

traffic queue cobden bridgeSouthampton City Council says it will be awarded £892,000 to tackle air quality locally, but pressure group Clean Air Southampton, while welcoming the boost, says initiatives don’t go far enough, and is calling for better monitoring and government measures to “remove diesel vehicles from our streets”.

 
Local church group arrives in Uganda to help set up social enterprise

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A group from Bitterne Park’s Ascension Church has arrived in Uganda to help set up a community-led project to help keep girls in school by providing access to sanitary towels.

 
'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. 

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 portswood.info

 
New additions to bitternepark.info

local info menu croppedWe've added some new links and feeds to bitternepark.info 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.

 
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.

 
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 128pxbitternepark.info 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.

 
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.

 
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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.

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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.

 
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