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Planning Application for Alton Sports Centre (Reserved Matters) 12.2.18 

We are delighted to report that the planning application for the Sports Centre was deferred at last evening’s EHDC Planning Meeting, in order that it could be demonstrated that full and transparent consultation  has taken place.  The significance of this is that if, as we expect,  the evidence isn’t there, then EHDC must (at last) undertake full consultation with residents and user groups.  This is to ensure that the plans will be in accordance with planning policies contained in the Joint Core Strategy and our own Neighbourhood Plan – this was the prevailing concern among local councillors in last night’s debate.  We shall continue to help and assist ASCAG, who have done a splendid job in giving voice to the huge strength of local opinion, and in enabling those voices to be heard..

Access to Lynch Hill Industrial Development 

Also at last night’s meeting the planning committee, by the narrowest of majorities, voted to refuse permission for the proposed access to the planned industrial development from Montecchio Way.  The damage the new junction would cause to this important entrance to the town, the urbanisation, congestion, landscape impact, and road safety issues – all points raised by The Alton Society, Ashdell Residents Association and others, and powerfully argued by local members last night –  won the day.   This despite the lack of support from Highways, who to everyone’s astonishment lodged no objection.

Friends of Flood Meadows 18.2.18 

A big thank you to the 10 Friends of Flood Meadows who turned out on the 18th February do some work. We tackled a fallen tree and cleared a lot of debris from the path parallel to the river. We filled two bin bags with rubbish, mainly beer cans and bottles plus fizzy drinks cans. We anticipate the proposed deposit scheme for cans and bottles will eventually make a difference to this type of rubbish. Dont forget we are doing our Town Spring Clean on the 3rd March starting at the old Post Office 10am. Other “cleans” are taking place in the Eastbrooke and Wooteys areas. Next Flood Meadows date is the 18th March (details below)

Dates for your diary 2018

3.3.18 Our Annual Litter Pick. A massive community event helping to tidy up those Litter spots that are not always reached by our hard working litter pickers from the Council. We believe we add the icing on the cake! Usual meeting point outside the old Post Office at 10am. More details will be sent to the Press and will be on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

17.3.18 Town guided walks 11a.m. They start from the Curtis Museum/the Cairn. If you have never done this come and learn about the fascinating history of our Town. £3 for adults and 50p for children. Book on 01420 85057 or just turn up!

18.3.18 Friends of Flood Meadows next session. See below for details.


New Community Group

The Society are setting up a new group to tackle specific community issues such as any new proposals for the Community Association involving the Centre, Assembly Rooms and any new building on the Coors site. If you are interested in the group then send us an email (thealtonsociety@gmail.com)

Alton’s Wey Walk. The plans to provide a path and route from Will Hall farm development to Kings Pond has received a major boost with a £15,000 grant towards the Wey Walk project. Since our previous posting we have learnt that the plan is to use this grant to pay for items such as the signage for the proposed route

We are delighted that the 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. If you want to help then visit their website to make a donation.

Alton Health Review The North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group have published the long awaited report on the Alton Health Review – follow the link and have a look.  We have decided  with the Alton and District Resident’s Association (ADRA) to propose an Alton monitoring group or Forum to ensure the CCG keep to their targets and deliver on the proposals in the report.

Molson Coors Brewery Site – It has been announced that CALA Homes have an option to purchase the site.   Representatives of the Alton Society have meet with them and discussed the Development Brief for the site, our own submissions and the exciting opportunities the site offers our town centre  For our alternative proposals click here.

We are delighted to support the new Wey Valley Radio. A grant of £200 towards much needed equipment has been given to the community station. WVR broadcasts on 101.1 FM. It has lots of local news, comments and music.  Tuesday morning at 10a.m. is a regular slot for the Alton Society (usually Bob Booker). Go and have a listen!

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 18 March 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 thealtonsociety@gmail.com 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 next meeting of the Team will be on the 19th February. There has been some progress on issues and we will report back. We have difficulty in understanding why the signpost for walkers directing them to the Town Centre from the station has been removed. It was in a good position at the junction of Paper Mill Lane and Normandy St/Anstey Road. Plus there should be a sign directing folk from the High St to the Library and Alton Community Centre. We have pushed for this to be re-instated as the original was damaged in an accident.

We are pleased the town planters have had some Winter flowering shrubs put in.

We have met with BT Openreach to discuss the area of land in front of their building. This was very helpful.  There could be improvements to enhance this area.  It lies next to the new improved seating area at the junction of Station Rd opposite the Railway Arms.