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Libraries decision looms

cobbett rd lib public meet feb 2015
Above: flashback to a packed public meeting in February called to find ways to keep Cobbett Road Library open
As many of us prepare to head off on summer holidays over the next few weeks, the future of the city's library service, which could see local branches closed, is likely to be decided in August.

Changes to First bus services from September

First_bus_front Southampton bus operator First has announced changes to its Southampton network from September 6, affecting, among others, its 7, 12, 13 and B2 services.

Crime and anti-social behaviour at Riverside Park

riverside park june 2015 2Riverside Park has been made a community policing priority over the summer months following reports of some crime and anti-social behaviour.

Co-op to close Midanbury store

midanbury co-op closure poster croppedThe Co-operative Group is shutting its supermarket at Witts Hill, Midanbury on August 1.

22 things to do with the kids this summer

paddling pool under cc2 by Leon brocardWondering what to do with the kids during six blissful, warm summer weeks? Never fear: from camping out to splashing about, Rebecca Welton's researched 22 holiday activities in and around the city for maximum family fun these hols...

Allotment & Gardens Association Annual Show

Sagashow 460pxSouthampton Allotment and Gardens Association (SAGA) holds its traditional, family-friendly annual show on Saturday, August 8 at Pear Tree Green Church Hall in Bitterne.

Impressions of new Bitterne Park School

External-4Bitterne Park School says it's "excited to be able to share plans for the new school to be built on the school campus" and has released a series of impressions of the development. The planning application has now been lodged with the council.

Previously: Plans for school development submitted | Road issues main concern at resident meeting

New book aims to get families spending time together, eating healthily and saving money

foraging book jacket 460Bitterne Parker Alan Gibson – AKA The Urbane Forager – has written a new book setting out how families can spend valuable time together in the outdoors, while gathering enough fruit to save many pounds off the weekly shop.

Smith makes maiden speech

houses of parliament under CC2 by Berit WatkinRoyston Smith, the new Conservative MP for Southampton Itchen, made his maiden speech in parliment on July 13.
Pic under CC2 by Berit Watkin

Plans for school development submitted

bpschoolplanningsignResidents have until the end of the month to comment on a planning application to transform Bitterne Park School and eventually increase capacity by 300 students to 1800.

• Impressions of new Bitterne Park School

Wesley's home!

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Butcher's Hook gets permission for fixed outdoor seating

butchers hook ale frescoTriangle micro pub The Butcher's Hook has now got the go ahead from planners to bolt its outdoor seating to the ground, following a retrospective planning application that received 59 online public comments in favour, with just one against.
Previously: Butcher's Hook seeks permission for fixed outdoor seating area

Ekco Radio sign 'won't be visible long term'

EKCO radio Talking about the Ekco Radio advertisement facing Cobden Bridge, developer McCarthy & Stone has said “long term the old marketing sign will not be visible”.

City Life Church to manage Townhill Park Community Centre

townhill park community centre 200px A church is to run Townhill Park Community Centre following a Community Asset Transfer, while the council is again inviting organisations wanting to manage Harefield Community Centre to come forward.

Portswood Cycles in the local community

FreeGoWrenAdvertising feature: Porstwood Cycles, at 3 St Denys Rd (and now open Mondays), 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.

Summer challenge goes out to young readers

reading challenge record  breakers credit reqRecord Breakers, this year's Summer Reading Challenge, will encourage young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and world records featured in the Guinness World Records Book, and discover weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world.

Deputy head cycles from London to Paris in under 24 hours for charity

Mr Panayiotou london to paris1Deputy headteacher at Bitterne Park School, Pan Panayiotou, and friend Trevor Bass, have raised over £600 for the National Autistic Society by cycling 196 miles from London to Paris in under 24 hours.

Private Eye reports baffling Cobbett Road heating story

radiator under cc2 by liz westPrivate Eye magazine's Nooks & Corners architectural column takes up the story in its current issue of Southampton City Council's apparent investment of £99,000 to upgrade the heating system of “handsome and efficient modernistic building” Cobbett Road Library – one of five city libraries under threat of closure.

Proposal for new 349-unit student hall by Sainsbury's in Portswood

Development proposals for a new student hall of residence comprising around 349 self-contained units between Portswood and Belmont roads by Sainsbury's go on show for feedback from the public in July. More information and comments on

School gets green light for park plan

planning meeting school park planUpdated Report It's been an extensively debated topic since 2007 but on Tuesday (June 23) Bitterne Park Primary won approval at a council planning meeting to fully enclose part of Riverside Park for school use, and close public access to the footpath behind the school so it can effectively link the school with the field.

Pair of black swans on the Itchen

ImageThose of you following the discussion about the reported appearance of a second black swan on the Itchen in our area on our Facebook page will be interested in this sequence of photographs kindly sent in by Richard McGrady, taken on June 18. There's more information about these creatures on the RSPB website here.

Listen again to new Charlie's owners on radio

charlies lee and bev voice fm suppliedIf you missed Lee and Bev Nicholson, new owners of Charlie's fish and chip shop at the Triangle, chatting on Voice FM on June 25 about their new business, and particularly their gluten free products, you can listen from this link.

Plans for Whitworth houses and flats approved

street signPlans to build three houses and six flats on the site at 74 Whitworth Crescent, which is at the corner of Harcourt Road, were approved by councillors on June 23.  Full details of the proposal are here (PDF – 18 mb)

Summer solstice sunrise

midsummer dawn1 Louise OwenHere are some stunning images of the summer solstice sunrise over the Itchen on Sunday (June 21), by Louise Owen. We'll let the pictures do the talking!

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Traditional fun at St Denys Church Fayre

st denys church fayre 2015Fortunatenly the rain held off and locals were able to enjoy a traditional fayre at St Denys Church on Saturday (June 20), where there were attractions ranging from ukulele playing to stalls, games, a raffle, crafts, cake and more.

CCG consults over Bitterne Walk-in Centre closure plan

bitterne walk in ctr walking inSouthampton City Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting over plans to close Bitterne Walk-in Centre after the facility won a reprieve in October 2014.
Update June 17: there's now an online survey from this link

Outdoor Cinema returns to Southampton

film sign under CC2 by ozz13xHijack Cinema, which screens films in locations from warehouses to parks, is back, and this summer you can watch your favourite movies under the stars at Hoglands Park.

Spate of thefts prompts police warning

police poster be awarePolice are warning residents to be vigilant of thieves they say are operating in the local area.

Craft workshops at Old Chemist

old chemist sign 200pxA series of craft workshops is underway on Tuesday evenings at The Old Chemist, on topics ranging from cupcake decorating to crochet and cyanotype printing – some with spaces still available.

Plans for 10 new houses on Cobden Avenue

70 cobden avenuePlans to demolish the existing dwelling at 70 Cobden Avenue, close to the road's intersection with Midanbury Lane, and build 10 three-bedroom houses with 20 parking spaces, have been submitted to Southampton City Council. The planning application is here.

Record-breaking month for

Broken reckless record under CC2 by Martin Belam 460As we approach our tenth birthday we're pleased to report that received a record-breaking number of visitors in May.

Sky Ride's back in town

sky ride london 2010 under CC2 martin vmorrisTaking place this year on Sunday, July 19 from 11am-3pm, now's the time to register for your place on this free, family mass participation cycling event over an eight-kilometer traffic-free route around the city, which features a range of attractions along the way. More details here. Pic under CC2 by martin_vmorris

Portswood & University Lloyds Bank branches to close

ImageLloyds Bank branches in Portswood and at the University of Southampton are due to close in August, it's been confirmed. More on this on our sister site

Police confirm identity of body found at Woodmill Lane

woodmill 200Updated: Police have confirmed that a body found at Woodmill on Sunday, May 24 was that of missing man Barrie Thompson. According to the Daily Echo he'd been the subject of a police investigation and arrested before leaving his home, but police haven't said why.

Warm welcome home for Sprout the parrot

cliff and carol ayling with sproutHere are Cliff and Carol Ayling snapped delightedly welcoming home Sprout, their green pet parrot, after he went fly-about in Bitterne Park. Sprout was rescued on Monday after a plea went out on Facebook.

Video: Chilling message on libraries from 'Darth Vader' at Cobbett birthday party

As well as a dalek (see our previous report) and other characters, 'Darth Vader' was also present at Cobbett Road's 76th birthday celebration on May 16, with a chilling message about library closures! Many thanks to Alyssa Hickman, Bridget Elgie, Rose Hickman and all others involved for filing this exclusive video report for!
• Cobbett birthday bash first outing for new local dalek

Secondary school development: road issues main concern at resident meeting

Traffic, parking, security and proximity to existing houses were the main issues raised by residents at a meeting to discuss work that could start as early as October to build a completely new school in the grounds of Bitterne Park secondary.

Please don't feed ducks bread urges Riverside Park poster

feeding ducks bread poster croppedPosters designed by a local resident are now being displayed on Friends of Riverside Park noticeboards near the river urging people to think twice before feeding ducks bread.

Video: Half marathon runners cheered through Bitterne Park

runners bitterne parkThe first ABP Southampton Half Marathon wound its way through Bitterne Park on Sunday, with locals turning out to cheer competitors through the Triangle and Riverside Park as they neared the halfway mark. 'Read more' to see a video.

Change of ownership at Triangle ice cream parlour

doras new ownersKevin and Andrea Rayner – pictured left with original owners Victoria and Darren Metcalfe – have taken over Triangle ice cream parlour Dora’s Cups & Cones, which first opened in April last year.

Church seeks volunteers to help run café

churchascensiontower128The Ascension Centre at Thorold Road, Bitterne Park, is on the lookout for some volunteers to help run its Windows Café that runs on Tuesday and Wednesdays. More info on their website

Initial design ideas for new secondary school revealed

bitterne park secondary exteriorBitterne Park Secondary School reports that it will be holding another residents meeting in late April/early May about plans for the school to be replaced by completely new buildings, and in the meantime has released another bulletin which shows initial designs.

Veg Shed seeks support

veg shed opening dayThe team behind The Veg Shed, which now pops up at Bitterne Park Triangle weekly on Saturdays selling fresh fruit and veg, are looking for people to help it continue into the future because its founders can't sustain the time and commitment that's required, according to a Facebook post.

School puts in plans to enclose part of park

park plan planning signThe public has until April 21 to comment on a planning application submitted by Bitterne Park Primary School to enclose part of Riverside Park with a 2.1m fence, “stop up” the existing footpath behind the school and divert it around the perimeter of the fenced area.

Getting in the stride at the opening of rideride

cj edward and Mikey Powell New Triangle bike store and workshop 'rideride' officially opened on Saturday, with music from CJ Edwards – star from The Voice – & Mikey Powell, and an open day from 10am-4pm.

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