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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.

 
Council approval for Townhill Park development

meggeson avenue hoarding2The council has approved the next steps in the regeneration of Townhill Park.

 
Coming soon: a MUGA in the park

courtbiggerA ‘MUGA’ – or ‘Multi Use Games Area’ – could be in action in Riverside Park "by August", it was recently revealed.

 
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

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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...

 

 
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.

 
Have you found us on Facebook?

autumn long shadows riverside 460Have you found us on Facebook? There's often local pics, discussion, and of course local news delivered via your own Facebook stream.  Just visit our Facebook page and 'Like' it >>

 
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

 
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

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 businessesforsale.com 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.

 
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