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Gearing up for traffic-free bike ride through Southampton

bike gears under cc2 by adam heathSouthampton hosts one of 13 city centre, family-friendly mass cycle rides this summer, on Sunday (June 25, 2017).
Pic under CC2 byAdam Heath

 
Townhill regeneration: Council to launch housing consultations

meggeson avenue hoarding2Southampton City Council is to launch public consultations on changes to housing policies affecting tenants and leaseholders in council properties in Townhill Park.

 
Bitterne Park School relaxes uniform regs during hot weather

riverside park sun treeBitterne Park School has issued a change to its uniform policy during the hot weather.

 
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Celebrating Refugee Week

refugee week logoEvents to celebrate Refugee Week, marked in UK from June 19 – 25, are taking place across the city, hosted and organised by City of Sanctuary Southampton.

 
Video: Clean Air Day in Southampton


Southampton was one of six cities supporting the first ever National Clean Air Day on Thursday (June 15), raising awareness about tackling air pollution. This video follows Bitterne Parker Liz Batten around the city as she discusses the problem.

 
Veg Shed takes break over summer, but box deliveries continue

veg shed lower res 460The Veg Shed takes a summer break during July and August, so it’s also your last chance to pick up a Bitterne Parker T-shirt over the next couple of weeks – unless you’re also a Bitterne Box Company customer.

 
Triangle bus stop moves until 'end of August 2018'

bus shelter missingThe bus stop at Bitterne Park Triangle for routes heading towards Portswood (First 7, Unilink U9) has been closed "due to building work taking place adjacent to the stop". A temporary bus stop is in place, it's thought until "the end of August 2018" by the Bitterne Park Hotel.
Previously: Could be long wait for bus shelter

 
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.

 
Southampton Itchen now ‘top target seat for Labour’

southampton itchen map wikimediaThe general election result in Southampton Itchen, which saw Conservative Royston Smith win by a majority of just 31 votes, means the constituency is now first in Labour’s list of ‘top ten target seats’, according to a Guardian report.
Smith clings on to Southampton Itchen - by 31 votes!

 
Smith clings on to Southampton Itchen - by 31 votes!

Royston smith candiate profileRoyston Smith has held on to the Southampton Itchen seat in the general election by a whisker!

 
Library statue gets spruce-up

sculptureThe celebrated ‘Art within Reach’ statue at Cobbett Road Library benefited from a clean and polish on June 8 – for the first time since it was officially unveiled in 1991.

 
Consultation offers chance to give your river views

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Public input is being invited over “challenges” resulting from a sluice gate near Woodmill nearing “the end of its economic life” – with possible solutions involving the creation of a white water canoe course at Woodmill or weirs near the pitch and putt course.

 
Lion Cup Local History Writing Competition

lion cup 2017Bitterne Local History Society is inviting entries to its Lion Cup Local History Writing Competition.

 
Find out if timebanks are for you…

timebank logoMembers of timebanks help each other by trading skills, and have found a way to socialise at the same time. You can find out more about how timebanks work at drop-ins at Portswood library and other Southampton locations – writes Gwyneth Baker.

 
Audio: Our day at Riverfest

riverfest crowdIn this half hour audio, we take a tour of Riverfest, and chat to lots of people about the day.

 
Get involved with community associations
Two local community associations have their annual general meetings in June 2017 and need more local people to get involved...
 
Sun sets on first Riverfest

riverfest sun goes downThere was dancing to Midi Moths as the sun went down over the river by the High Tide Stage on Saturday (May 27) at Riverfest.
• Listen: Our day at Riverfest

 
Riverfest flag: can you spot the Southampton landmarks?

riverfest flag artworkUPDATED WITH LIST OF LANDMARKS You may have seen our social media posts showing the specially commissioned Riverfest flag which is flying in Riverside Park over the weekend, but can you find all the Southampton landmarks it depicts?

 
Triangle charity shop has closed for good

barnardosBarnardos has confirmed that their Bitterne Park Triangle charity shop won’t reopen.

 
Digital skills and promotion workshops

wordcloud 200pxWould you like to improve your digital skills, raise your profile and grow your online presence?

 
‘Love the Triangle’ - update

triangle pixelated 460Following the February report about a group which met to share ideas about improving Bitterne Park Triangle with money from the McCarthy & Stone Development, Liz Batten has sent this update.

 
Watch out for trip hazard on Cobden Bridge

Cobden bridge prob CW 2Watch out if you're walking over Cobden Bridge: Catherine Wright sent us these pics on Monday (April 9) of damage to some inspection covers on the southern side, which she says are dangerous for pedestrians.

 
Promoted: Community development gardener required

trowel pixabayPROMOTEDCould you support and encourage groups of local residents to meet together to plant and nurture small growing spaces in the Townhill Park and Harefield areas of Southampton?

 
Like high summer at Riverside on Sunday

steam train3It was almost like high summer at Riverside Park on Sunday, as the sun shone, the steam trains chuffed around their track, dogs swam and ice creams were consumed. Lovely!

 
Building a new Bitterne Park school

christopher whitbreadHow do you move a school of 1500 students into a completely new building? bitternepark.info spoke to Christopher Whitbread, a man with several plans, to find out.

 
Riverside Park dumped food mystery

nick nicolaou with letterFollowing our report about food being dumped near Cobden Bridge in Riverside Park, both Triangle fish and chip shops have stressed it’s nothing to do with them, although both say they've been accused by members of the public.

 
Bins to go alternate weeks

bin man and cartBin collections are moving to alternate weeks starting from June 5, helping the council “reduce costs against the backdrop of ever-shrinking budgets".

 
Greens announce Itchen general election candidate

Rosie Pearce 200pxThe Green Party has announced that Rosie Pearce will be their candidate to contest the Southampton Itchen constituency, which includes Bitterne Park, at the general election on June 8.

 
Good turnout for Bitterne anniversary litter pick

bitterne litter team anniversaryBitterne Litter Team saw a good turnout for their first anniversary litter pick on Sunday (April 30).

 
Leader of council Simon Letts contesting Itchen at general election

vote labourUpdated: Simon Letts, leader of Southampton City Council and councillor for Bitterne ward, has said he's been selected to contest the Itchen constituency for Labour.

 
Video: Behind-the-scenes look at Southampton's food banks

dave osborne city mission video stillWith news this week that food banks are reporting “record demand amid universal credit chaos”, we thought we’d better finally publish our behind-the-scenes look at Southampton food banks, filmed in 2016. Read more and scroll down to watch.

 
Riverfest needs you!

riverfest needs youCan you spare a couple of hours on May 27? Why not join the stewards team and help make the local community festival a safe and happy day? Click the graphic to contact the organisers. 

 
Audio: Shadow chancellor on election trail in Bitterne

john mcdonnell copyrightLabour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell was on the election campaign trail in Bitterne Precinct on Tuesday afternoon. Read more to hear him speaking about his party's prospects in the Itchen constituency.

 
Carnival feel in Triangle as ukes lead marathon cheers

marathon ukes
There was a carnival atmosphere in Bitterne Park Triangle on Sunday as roads were shut and crowds turned out in the sunshine to cheer marathon runners. The soundtrack was a marathon fundraising set from Southampton Ukulele Jam, who had pledged to play for 4 hours, 6 minutes and 8 seconds – the average time to run the London Marathon. Read more for further pics.

 
Who will our Itchen general election candidates be?

candidates montage who will stand
Updated Despite expectations that the next general election would be in 2020 given the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, you may, just possibly, have heard the news that a ‘snap’ election has been approved for June 8. So what will the voting choices be for residents in the Southampton Itchen constituency in about seven weeks’ time?
Southampton Itchen: What the 2017 general election candidates say. Read their statements on bitternepark.info

 
New contemporary production of Pygmalion explores local accents

Pygmalion photoshoot[812] 200pxOver one hundred years after it was written, Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s new co-production explores one of the most celebrated comedies of the 20th century, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, putting Southampton’s diverse range of voices at the heart of the show.

 
Promoted: Telly addicts wanted by TV researcher

areyouatellyadictmpuPROMOTED A local researcher is looking for small groups of volunteers to watch TV – and get paid for it.

 
More antisocial behaviour at Deepdene

dd mike hall 2Updated: We've received these photos showing more antisocial behaviour by - or rather underneath - the children's play equipment at Deepdene.

 
Power cut affects Bitterne Park over Easter lunchtime

plugA power cut is affecting some Bitterne Park residents over Easter lunchtime (April 16).

 
Walk the Waterfront challenge - success!

banner by cobdenThe first Southampton Walk the Waterfront challenge was completed on Sunday (April 9), with two walkers – myself, Clare Diaper, and Joey Jones – completing the full walk, and with many others joining in at various points along the way.

 
The Songbird introduces live music evenings

songbird externalFrom April 14 there will be free Friday night music sessions at The Songbird.

 
Latest black cygnet pics

black swans 2 kirsteen andersonThanks to Kirsteen Anderson for letting us show you her photos of the baby black swans in their nest - read more to see even closer shots in the series.

 
Watch: Utter chaos as large vessel in ‘near miss’ with Cobden Bridge

bridge collison image 460Traffic has now returned to normal after an earlier incident in which a large vessel appeared to be involved in a near miss with Cobden Bridge. Read more to watch an amateur video of the incident.

 
Audio: Riverfest plans taking shape

riverfestlogobigPlans are taking shape for Riverfest, a celebration of the river taking place around Riverside Park on Saturday, May 27. We caught up with organiser Catherine Wright to find out what’s on the cards.

 
Park plan: School ‘delighted’ by public inquiry outcome

park footpath behind school coupleUpdated Bitterne Park Primary has said it is “delighted” with the outcome of the recent public inquiry concerning the footpath that currently runs behind the school, as revealed last week by bitternepark.info.

 
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