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Community grants available as water treatment works upgraded

southern water treatment works sign
Southern Water, which is upgrading its treatment works by the Itchen in St Denys, is running a community grant scheme open to groups in the Portswood ward – but hurry if you want to apply as the closing date for applications is October 31.

Consultation on A3024 developments closes at end of month

bitterne road west
The consultation on the proposed ‘M27 Southampton Junctions’ scheme, which seeks to “address current issues of congestion and capacity restraints along the A3024 corridor”, and which involves among other things changes to Bitterne Rail Bridge, closes on October 31.

Roadworks on the cards for Cobden Avenue

cobden ave temp lights
Drivers have been negotiating roadworks as repairs are made to a sewer, said to have been ruptured by the falling tree which blocked Cobden Avenue on September 22  - and it looks as if further work is on the cards for Cobden Avenue…

Ever wondered what the view's like from the crane?

Bitterne park 06-10-17 006 (002)The McCarthy & Stone crane's been a feature of our landscape for some time, but have you ever wondered what the view's like for the operator? Well wonder no more, as we bring you a selection of shots taken earlier this month...

Have say on local policing priorities

police mirror textThe police are conducting a survey to help them “set community policing priorities for the next three months” for Harefield and Bitterne Park. You can take part from this link.

Promoted: Gillian Clarke poetry workshop & evening reading

Clarke Gillian credit Marion Delyth200pxPROMOTED Join us for a unique day and evening at The Brook as we welcome former National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke to run a rare one-day poetry workshop and evening reading book launch on Wednesday, October 18.

A feast of short film screenings – for free!

The free Shnit International Short Film Festival – which promotes the best of international short film with screenings in very small venues such as front rooms and church halls – returns on Saturday, October 28.

Regency Tea Party with a twist at Cobbett Hub & Library

jane austen assumed public domain wikipedia cropped 200pxShawls, bonnets, gowns, tailcoats and cravats are most welcome at a Regency Tea Party – with a promised twist and a strong Jane Austen theme – on Saturday, October 21 at Cobbett Hub & Library.

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.

Mayor officially opens Riverside Park games area

muga official opening2Friends of Riverside Park chair Doug Perry said at an official opening ceremony on Tuesday (Oct 3) that finally seeing the Riverside Park multi-use games area (MUGA) in action after 11 years was like a “dream come true”.

Bitterne Park Hotel reportedly reopening this month

bitterne park hotel shutters down aug 17The Bitterne Park Hotel is said to be reopening ‘mid-October’.

Chance to find out about M27 Junctions scheme

bitterne road westPublic exhibitions are taking place on Friday and Saturday (Sept 29/30), and next week, as part of a consultation on plans for major work to junction 8 of the M27 and the A3024 corridor – Northam Road, Bitterne Road West and Bursledon Road through to Six Dials.

Hard-hitting billboard 'welcomes' drivers to Southampton

welcome to southampton billboard PR shotA large billboard has sprung up on Bevois Valley Road welcoming drivers to Southampton – and to what it describes as “Roads so polluted they’ll leave you breathless”.

Council reassures over safety following Cobden tree fall

supervisorUpdate: Cobden Avenue reopened about 9pm
As work continued on Friday  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

New eye service available to residents with a Southampton city GP

eye PR shotRather than attending the eye emergency department for less serious eye conditions, Southampton residents registered with a city GP can now make an appointment with the ‘minor eye condition service’ (MECS) at participating opticians, and be assessed by an accredited optometrist.

Townhill Park: Work to start on homes for affordable rent

townhill park plot 1 phase 1 pr shot 460The 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

‘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.

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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Promoted: Austin Window Cleaning – working in your area

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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.

So: To Speak programme announced

press release hannahsilva46019-28 October The programme for October's So: To Speak festival of words has been announced, boasting over 60 events around Southampton.

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.

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.

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.

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