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Autumn Litter Pick
15 September Report Back
We are proud of you Alton! Over 60 of you turned out this morning to help us with our Autumn Litter Pick. You were fantastic and all ages took part (see pictures below). The weather was kind and we shifted over 70 bags of rubbish. The main problem was cigarette butts.
There are hotspots and we will tackle the landlords and tenants who are responsible for some of these areas. We shall report these places to the Enforcement Officers at East Hants District Council.
Thanks to the George Pub who provided us with free coffee and to EHDC waste contractors idVerde for the loan of litter pickers and high viz jackets. Richard Wren for the free gloves and Alton Town Council for clearing the rubbish bags. What a team!
Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital Site – Crest Nicholson Ref: 30021/066
We have strongly objected to this Reserved Matters application to build 280 houses – the biggest development to hit us yet. (Click here for our comments in full). Whilst the developers have responded to some of the problems raised at the June consultation, there are many issues remaining, including:
- the potential desecration of the butterfly meadows,
- the idea of a ‘country park’ (a nonsense in our view),
- a deplorable lack of sustainable energy design, and
- inadequate pedestrian links.
The deadline for comments is 30th August.
New Grants Policy
The Alton Society is delighted to announce that it has a new Grants Policy! This is designed to help local organisations promote new projects or support existing ones. It can be used to start up a new group. The criteria is outlined in the Alton Society Grants and you can apply by completing the application form.
Chairman Nicky Branch has been pushing for this: “We have funds available, which can be put to good use in our community. The usual upper limit will be £250 per grant, and of course the application must tie in with the Society’s aims. I hope this new community grant will be welcomed and well used.”
A spokesperson for the Society’s Community Group is delighted that this Grants Policy has been accepted and is looking forward to receiving its first application. He added, “In the past we have helped small groups such as Wey Valley Radio to buy equipment, and supported the Friends of Alton Station in trying to save Alton’s historic railway bridge. This new policy will help us decide who needs assistance, and it will guide applicants on what they need to do to apply”.
Friends of Alton Station
Friends of Alton Station have launched their Phase I funding target to save our Heritage Footbridge. The target is £170,000.00. The plan is to rescue the bridge, refurbish it and restore it to its former glory. The Society has already made a donation. If you want to help then visit their website and make a donation.
Wey Valley Radio 101.1FM
We support the new community radio station called Wey Valley Radio. We have given a grant of £200 towards new equipment. WVR broadcasts on 101.1 FM. It features local news, comments and music. Tuesday morning at 10a.m. is a regular slot for the Alton Society. Tune in and have a listen!
Friends of Flood Meadows – Community Action
Flood Meadows – Come and join the Friends of Flood Meadows to help with tidying, clearing litter and some maintenance. We meet at the Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month (next date is the 4th Sunday namely 23rd September 2018). It is a family friendly group. Children are welcome and it helps them to learn about our local environment. Bring gardening gloves and wellingtons (though we do have some spares)! We always finish with a coffee or tea and if you are lucky a chocolate biscuit.
Did you know that we have a member who is an expert on Trees? If you join the Society then he will be happy to give you advice free – your £12.50p subscription is worth it just for that! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Check our Sustainability Group report with essential advice on Water Use under the Sustainability page.
Alton’s Town Team Matters
The Town Team is run by Alton Businesses through Alton Matters, Alton Chamber of Commerce and Industry and some individuals who care about the prosperity of our Town including the Alton Society and Alton and District Residents Association.
We have just completed a walk through the Town to check on what needs to be done to ensure we continue to be an attractive destination for visitors. We did this for the first time in August 2017 so we were able to gauge our progress. Missing signs continue to frustrate us but the Business Development manager assures us that these will be sorted very soon. The Bon Bon shop has been sold. We look forward to seeing the plans to develop the site.
Some retail premises need repairs to their frontages and funds to assist them will be available this Autumn. Litter black spots were noted and it may be possible to help some premises by funding cigarette butt bins on their buildings.
We are pushing for the railings on Crown Hill and in Bakers Alley to be repainted. The cover to the walkway between the back of Iceland to Sainsbury’s has (at last!) been cleaned.
As a result of our efforts, BT Openreach carried out a refurbishment of the area of land in front of their building. This is an excellent result and they have been thanked for their efforts. However the area needs regular maintenance and this is not being done.
There is a plan to complete a Business Survey. The idea is to find what works and what doesn’t for Alton’s businesses. We are sure that a number of items will be raised including business rates, car parking charges and rents.
Our objective is to ensure that Alton is an attractive and pleasant Town to visit and spend time in.