Updated: 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.
BBC 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
An 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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Following 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.
Update: The Bitterne Park Hotel said on its Facebook page that it closed on Friday night (Oct 28). The Bitterne Park Hotel could be closing again as soon as Monday (October 31), having only reopened under new management in August.
Every night there are around 83,000 young people in the UK with no safe space to go to sleep, according to city homelessness charity Society of St James (SSJ), which is inviting people to get involved with this year’s End Youth Homelessness Sleep Out fundraiser on November 11.
Southampton Scrapstore, a 25-year-old arts and crafts resource centre in Belgrave Road which saves all sorts of discarded materials from landfill so they can be used by schools, community groups and individuals, has been appealing for more members and volunteers to help it survive. • Southampton Scrapstore Open Day on November 5 • Crowdfunding £6460 to keep van running
Southampton City Council says plans for a Solent Combined Authority took a big step forward on October 19 as it became the second local authority to agree to formalise an application to government for a devolution deal for the Solent region.
Local children will be supported to get reading, get messy and get moving after funds were awarded to various projects aimed at improving outcomes for children in the SO18 Big Local area, which covers parts of Harefield, Midanbury and Townhill Park.
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Southampton Ukulele Jam, who had set a deadline of November 14 to meet their £2,000 target to crowdfund a documentary, walked it to their total in only 36 hours – and now say they want to “go large” and raise even more funds.
Kevin Atherton, creator of the well-known 'Art within Reach' statue at Cobbett Hub & Library – pictured left – was just one of many celebrating the bronze statue's 25th anniversary on Saturday (Oct 15). Click through to hear Kevin chatting about the work, and for more pictures from the day - as well as a short video of the statue's 're-unveiling', and another video made in 1990 when it was first seen.
Southampton City Council have said on their "Play" Facebook page that there's been a third attack on the tunnel that links the two play units at the 'Dragon Park', and called for extra vigilance as we approach Halloween and Bonfire night.
When did you steal a kiss by the river? What was it like on the river in wartime? And what’s the oddest thing you ever lost or found in the river? A local theatre company duo are calling out to local people to share their stories and memories featuring the River Itchen, to weave into a show to be performed next year.
As celebrations are planned for Saturday, October 15 to mark the 25th anniversary of Cobbett Road’s famous statue ‘Art within Reach’, Doreen Le Huquet talks to Dorothy Winteridge, one of the first users of Cobbett Road Library from its opening in May 1939, and the model for the statue. • Big celebration as library statue celebrates 25th birthday!
UPDATED: A church has finally taken over the running of a local community centre over a year after the asset transfer was approved by the council, and says the building has now been secured for the community for at least 25 years.
Heather Aspinall will be retiring as CEO of the Rose Road Association in 2017 after 22 years, and is looking forward to future adventures. She's lived in Bitterne Park since 2005, and it was her patch when she was a social worker in the 70s and 80s.
Owners of stolen bikes urged to register them at findthatbike.co.uk UPDATE 2 With more reports of bike thefts around Bitterne Park coming in, a concrete block was apparently used on Monday evening or the early hours of Tuesday (Sept 19/20) to try to gain access to Triangle cycle shop rideride.
UPDATED - bikes also taken from Dimond Road If you’re a cyclist it could be time to tighten up on the security of your bike following two recent thefts we've heard about in the Bitterne Park area. Library pic
Organisers of St Denys Art of Heritage festival, which took place from September 9-11, have said it’s been a huge success – and plans are already afoot for a bigger and better event that could extend beyond St Denys Church, and even onto the river, in 2017.
In the week that a new study warned of toxic particles from air pollution, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s and perhaps other health issues, as being abundant in the human brain, a Southampton MP has called for urgency in tackling our ‘air quality health crisis’.
A mystery man, so far known only as Dave, jumped into the River Itchen on Saturday and rescued Rebecca Hutton’s black spaniel, Nero – and now Rebecca would like to track down Dave to thank him properly.