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19 August 2017

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Digital skills and promotion workshops

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‘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.

 
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. 

 
Carnival feel in Triangle as ukes lead marathon cheers

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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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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".

 
'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.

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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.

 
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.

 
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