Alton from Windmill HillWelcome to the Alton Society. We hope you find our website interesting and informative. We would love to hear from you so tell us what you think, both good and bad! Contact us at thealtonsociety@gmail.com

Latest News

Our plans are in place for our Autumn Litter Pick and we are looking for an even larger turn out than at the start of the year. In the Spring Litter Pick we reached our biggest number of volunteers of 100 and cleared tons of rubbish. Come down to the old Post Office near the new Turkish Barbers and bring some gloves – we provide the instructions and the litter pickers. 10am to 12 noon on 14th September (Saturday).

Our latest newsletter is available online – the summer edition includes details for nominations of the annual Alton Society awards. Check it out now and get nominating! Deadlines end of August and end of September. This edition includes details of events being held in August and September. Copies also available in the Library and Community Centre.

New Outline Application for Lynch Hill:  Ref: 49776/004

Sadly this is substantially no different from the last application (49776/002), which was firmly rejected by the Planning Committee.  It still proposes a new junction on Montecchio Way, which we think would cause huge traffic problems, especially at peak time.   Our objections relate to:

  1. The skyline impact of building right to the top of the hill
  2. Damage it would cause to this important green gateway to the town
  3. The risk to biodiversity and wildlife, caused by a new road carved through the hillside.

Click here to read our full submission.

The deadline for comments is 2nd September.  Click here to make a comment.

CALA & Coors Brewery Trust

The Society is proposing the creation of a new charitable trust to manage funds available from the Coors Brewery development for community use, and to help develop new facilities for the town.  Click here to read our chairman’s outline of these plans.


Treloars College Planning Application Ref: 22387/067

We have lodged a strong objection to this application for staff accommodation etc, due its blatant breach of the Settlement Policy Boundary on the edge of Holybourne, and the unnecessary encroachment into the countryside. Click here  to see our response.


Useful Updates on Waste and Recycling…

If you’re sometimes unclear about recycling – what can and cannot be recycled, and when – EHDC have produced a useful guide in the recent edition of Partners magazine (page 4), and we reproduce this below.  In fact, the Council are moving to a new contract at the end of September, and our waste, glass and recycling collection days may change.

For now, here are some links for keeping up to date on new information:-

There is a waiting list for garden waste collection, but if you would like to join the waiting list call 0300 300 0013 to register your name address and telephone number and EHDC will contact you once a space becomes available.

Recycling page from Partners Magazine Summer 2019

Alton Society Grants

Hop over to our Grants Application Page for news of the grants recently awarded to local community initiatives.

Friends of Alton Station

Friends of Alton Station are working hard to raise funds to save our Heritage Footbridge. The interim target is £20,000.00. The plan is to rescue the bridge, refurbish it and restore it to its former glory. The group are have had a meeting with Network Rail to discuss their proposals to save the footbridge. We shall keep you informed. If you want to help then visit their website and make a donation, or visit their Facebook Page.

Wey Valley Radio 101.1FM and online

We have a regular slot on Tuesday morning at 10a.m. Tune in and have a listen! We give an update on local issues and often have a “favourite building” slot with a little local history.

Friends of Flood Meadows – Community Action

Come and join the Friends of Flood Meadows to help with tidying, clearing litter and maintenance. We meet at the Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am usually on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month (next date is 25th August which is the fourth Sunday). 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.  Yummy chocolate Tunnocks have returned!!

We are intending to do some work over the summer on weekdays. If you can help then please get in touch. This is to enhance the river banks in conjunction with the plans for the Wey River Walk project. Do go and have a look at the new signs for the Walk.


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 £12.50 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.

EHDC Local Plan Consultation

We have submitted our response to the EHDC.  Clear here for the full text.  To go to a particular section go to page 1 (Contents) and click on the relevant chapter.  For example, PLANNING FOR PLACES contains our appraisals of the proposed allocations for Alton, eg land west of Brick Kiln Lane (housing), and Molson Coors Brewery (mixed use).

Also see Energy Alton’s response here