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It's that Woodmill traffic light question again!

only a foolThe thorny issue of whether traffic lights would ease car journeys through Woodmill recently re-emerged as city roadworks created a knock-on effect in Bitterne Park.

 
Strike as NHS dispute over pay escalates

unison jacketUPDATE: Strike called off - BBC
NHS workers will walk out for 12 hours from 9am to 9pm on Thursday, January. 29, with ambulance staff taking action from noon to midnight, over the Government's decision to reject an independently recommended 1% pay rise.

 
Bluestar announces bus service changes

Bus operator Bluestar is introducing changes to its services in and around Southampton, including on its 16 route which links Townhill Park and Bitterne Park with the city centre.

 
Audio: Future unclear for St Denys Community Centre

st denys signWhat does the future hold for St Denys Community Centre? With the possibility that Southampton Day Services, who help manage the centre and use it five daytimes a week, could be pulled out, chair of St Denys Community Assocation Phil Amey talks about the risks of increased hire charges for community groups, and the possibility of a “spiral downwards” if a solution isn't found. Read more and use the audio player to hear Phil chatting about the centre.

 
Labour switches Bitterne Park candidate

John Jordan, who was the Labour candidate for Bitterne Park ward in the forthcoming local elections, has told bitternepark.info he's now standing in the Bitterne ward. Andrew Godsell becomes Labour's new candidate for Bitterne Park.
We hope to bring you more details of all candidates closer to the May 7 local election.
• Bitterne Park Conservative councillor Peter Baillie to call it a day

 
New art group for toddlers

Mini Monets 200px j'Mini Monets', a new art group for toddlers who enjoy painting and drawing starts in Bitterne Park after February half term at The Ascension Centre.

 
School expansion plans move on apace

bitterne park secondary exteriorCar parking, traffic concerns, and the design and construction of buildings when a new school is built on Bitterne Park secondary's existing site, were issues uppermost in the minds of residents who attended a community/school forum on Monday (Jan 19).

 
From women's gym to car sales

A planning application to turn the now closed Curves women's gym at 159 Bitterne Road West (SO18 1BH) into premises for car sales has been lodged with the council.

 
How Cobbett Road Library changed my life!

Ali Sparkes croppedThis National Libraries Day on Saturday, February 7, find out how Blue Peter award-winning children's author Ali Sparkes went from struggling reader to professional writer thanks to Cobbett Road – the library down the road!

 
Bitterne Park Conservative councillor Peter Baillie to call it a day

peter bailliebitternepark.info can reveal that Peter Baillie, a Bitterne Park Conservative councillor since 2002, has decided to step down from Southampton City Council in May this year.

 
Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: END OF SEASON SALE: 25% OFF ALL BIKES! NOW OPEN MONDAYS Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd, offers an impressive range of up to 30 electric bikes from big names like FreeGo, Wisper, Solex and Riese & Müller, plus non-electric cycles, parts and accessories.

 
>1.5K sign to save Cobbett Road Library

library deputation nov 19 2014 Rose HickmanOver 1,500 people have so far signed a petition calling on Southampton City Council to keep Cobbett Road Library open and to safeguard it against future cuts.
Left: Library user Rose Hickman, age 9, before addressing a packed Southampton City Council chamber meeting in November

 
Where to go for advice in Southampton

Advice Southampton, a site that points users to advice that's available – on anything from consumer and debt to health, employment and housing – has been launched at www.advicesouthampton.org.uk.

 
Denham endorses Davis as Labour election candidate

DenhamWithDavis cropped RGBJohn Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen since 1992, has written to thousands of constituents to endorse Rowenna Davis as his successor when he stands down at the forthcoming general election.

 
Getting fit gently at Riveride Park

riverside park footpath 200Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, the 'Couch to 5k Walk' launches at Riverside Park on January 7, and is set to run every Wednesday at 10:30am from the Cobden Bridge side of the park.

 
Bitterne Parker: long way from home

McUke bitterne parker Sydney close cropNow who's this Bitterne Parker and where could they be?

 
rideride start work on old fruit & veg shop premises

manor farm shop front 460 rideride, the cycle workshop that's moving into the old Triangle fruit and veg shop premises, say they're aiming to open at the end of January, although there's work to be done so that's "an approximation".  On Facebook rideride says: "Tasks include taking out the old lino, suspended ceiling, kitchen, walk in fridge and clearing out the basement," – and invites offers of help.

 
Bitterne Park Hotel closing for refurb

bitterneparkhotelexteriorclosedThe Bitterne Park Hotel closes for refurbishment for six weeks from Monday, January 12.

 
Repair work to Northam Bridge for 20 weeks

Major repair work for Northam River Bridge – one of the busiest routes into the city – begins on January 6 and is planned to take up to 20 weeks. The work will mean there will be only one traffic lane in each direction, and only one footpath. More info.

 
St Denys Community Centre's future in doubt

st denys muralThe Daily Echo reports that the future of St Denys Community Centre, which is used by an array of community groups, is in doubt “as cash-strapped council chiefs axe services in the city”. The Echo report is here.

 
'No Portswood sexual assaults led to convictions'

Student news site Soton Tab says that “none of the Portswood sexual assaults reported in 2014”, and only one in “central Southampton” led to convictions. Their full story is here.

 
Crowds at Triangle for Christmas event

queue for father christmasThis was the queue for Santa's Grotto, in the old veg shop – soon to be rideride cycle workshop – at the Triangle at around midday on Saturday (Dec 20).

 
Bitterne Parker's taking a break

t-shirt worn 460Bitterne Parker's taking a break. We hope to be back with more interviews in 2015. In the meantime, you can read previous interviews here, and buy the T-shirt here (sorry: 'women's' style only left; please let us know if you'd like men's/unisex & we'll contact you if we re-stock.)

 
Bitterne Parker: Matt Hyam

Matt Hyam 200pxWater skier, traffic light hater and Southampton Vineyard Church leader Matt Hyam believes in thriving local communities. And he thinks Bitterne Park is becoming an example to the rest of the city of what life could be like...

 
Butcher's Hook gets go-ahead for outdoor seating

butchers hook generic window signManor Farm Road micro pub The Butcher’s Hook has had its plan for a small outdoor seating area at the front of the property approved.

 
Park plan: ballot backs original idea

field in questionBitterne Park Primary School says that the majority of people who attended its public meeting on December 3, and who took part in its non-binding ballot on the evening, backed the school’s original plan for its use of part of Riverside Park.
• Meeting hears new options for school's park plan
• Park plan: Meeting seeks common ground

 
Who's this?

deer garden cornwall rdWho's this visitor, eating the strawberry plants in a garden in Cornwall Road, and captured on camera by Agota Perity on Saturday morning? Have you had similar visitors in your garden? Do let us know... (Read more for the big pic)

 
Veg Shed going weekly

veg shed from over roadBitterne Park's fruit and veg shop The Veg Shed is set to pop up weekly instead of fortnightly at the Triangle after Christmas.

 
Take quick survey about Cobbett Road Library

saveourlibrary2Supporters  at Cobbett Road Library, which is facing possible closure along with other city branches, have launched their own survey to research use of the facility. There are only two questions so they say it shouldn't take long to complete - it's online here. The Friends group is also encouraging participation in the council's consultation process - more here.

 
New hair & beauty business for Triangle

beautylicioushairopeningsignA new hair and beauty business, ‘Beauty Licious Hair’, opened at the Triangle at the start of December, in premises recently vacated by Bennett Barbers.

 
Bitterne Parker T-Shirts

T-shirt for web pageGreat Xmas gift! Wear your Bitterne Parker T-shirt with pride, while at the same time supporting your favourite local website! Just order online, and we'll rush your shirt to Bitterne Park Triangle, ready for you to collect. How easy is that? Click through to find out more and to order while stocks last.

 
Have say on future of city libraries

inside the library Southampton City Council is inviting feedback on its plans for the city’s libraries, which could include closing five local branches including Cobbett Road in Bitterne Park. You can learn more and take part by March 6 by clicking through to the council's site.
• Friends will fight ‘devastating’ library closure plans
• Cobbett Friends speak out against library closures
• Cobbett Rd: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’

 
Ho Ho Ho! It’s time for a Christmas show!

Kieran Buckeridge in Dick Whittington by Robert WorkmanIt’s that time when families and friends flock to theatres to take in an eclectic array of Christmas shows – and get that once-a-year chance to yell: “he’s behind you!” Here’s Rebecca Welton’s roundup of the biggest productions around our area.
• Snow Queen brings frosty festive Christmas treat
• How to keep it local this Christmas

 
Overnight arson spree prompts police appeal

beechwood gardens burned car200pxPolice are linking five arson incidents in which cars were set alight and property was damaged around local roads during the early hours of Sunday (Nov 23). Pics: Mike Hall

 
Video: Library friends lobby council

library deputation nov 19 2014Friends of Cobbett Road Library's address to the council on November 19, about the council's plan to close the library or make it available for "community run initiatives", has been uploaded to YouTube. You can see it following this link. For our meeting report, click here.

 
Cobbett Rd: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’

library deputation nov 19 2014 Rose HickmanRose Hickman, age 9, told a packed Southampton City Council chamber on Wednesday (Nov 19) that over 37% of books taken out at Cobbett Road Library are taken out by kids. The statistic was part of a powerful presentation made by friends of the library, which has been earmarked for “disposal” or "community run initiatives".
• Video: Library friends lobby council

• Friends will fight ‘devastating’ library closure plans

 
Fruit trees at bargain prices

Transition Southampton is offering people the opportunity to buy apple, cherry and plum trees, plus raspberry canes and rhubarb crowns at bargain prices.

 
Snow Queen brings frosty festive Christmas treat

The Snow Queen Nuffield banner croppedFancy a frosty festive treat this Christmas? Why not take the kids along to the Nuffield’s new adaptation of The Snow Queen which opens on November 27, and which promises to melt your heart.

 
The lights are back!

traffic lights workingThe traffic lights at Bitterne Park Triangle were working again on Saturday evening from around 7.30pm (Nov 15) – after some four days with no lights at this busy junction.

 
Lindsi's book of paintings celebrates city's 50 years

lindsi with bike 200px courtesty Retina PhotographyBitterne Parker Lindsi Bluemel has created a book of 50 original paintings around Southampton as part of the ‘50 years a city’ celebrations.
Photo courtesy Retina Photography

 
How to keep it local this Christmas

Portswood Cycles 2Fed up with faceless chain retailers? Rather support local, independent businesses for your festive goodies? No problem. There's more on your doorstep than you might think. Here's Rebecca Welton's pick of Southampton's indies. Stop press: Tiger Yard, a not-for-profit three-week pop-up shop is now open at 108 East Street SO14 3HD
(Tu
es-Sun 10-5) offering fair trade products & an array of other original goodies for the festive season...

 
Fire halts plane takeoff

Hampshire Fire and Rescue mobilised four fire appliances at around 1.15pm on Sunday (Nov 9) after a fire was spotted in the undercarriage of a plane preparing for take off at Southampton Airport with 76 passengers and four crew on board.

 
Park plan: Meeting seeks common ground

social club meeting 2 chairsRefreshingly, given strength of recent feeling, many seemed to recognise the positive intention behind the “other side’s” views at a packed community meeting called by Friends of Riverside Park on October 28, to discuss the primary school’s proposal to take over park land and re-route a footpath.
Link: Daily Echo October 30: - Bitterne Park Primary School close to securing 25-year lease despite public's concerns

 
Suspected arson shuts Cobden Avenue Tesco

tesco cobden signUpdate: Store re-opened by 4pm.
A suspected arson attack closed Tesco's Cobden Avenue Express store on Monday (Oct 27).

 
Have you seen Tilly?

tillyTilly has been missing from Whitworth Court, off Whitworth Road in Bitterne Park since Sunday, and her owner is getting more and more concerned – especially with so many fireworks around, as Tilly's a nervous young cat who's never previously been further than her own garden. If you have info please call 07855 756353.

 
Over 600 attend library Autumn Fayre

library autumn fayreFriends of Cobbett Road Library say over 600 people came to their Autumn Fayre on Saturday. Attractions ranged from storytelling to apple pressing – not mention all the fab cakes: yum!
This week is 40s week at the library | Talk on Friday: Exploring the Hospital of God’s House

 
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