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Welcome 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

Alton Health Review The North Hampshire Hospital Trust have published the long awaited report on the Alton Health Review – follow the link and have a look.  We will respond more fully in due course and in conjunction with the Alton and District Resident’s Association (ADRA). https://www.northhampshireccg.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Alton_NMoC_Update_July2017_Final.pdf

King’s Pond and Flood Meadows Consultation – Alton Town Council has launched a consultation about two of Alton’s open spaces. There will be a number of ‘drop in’ sessions, the first of which is at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday 29th July. Further information about all the sessions, as well as details about the Draft Management plans for both areas can be found on the Alton Town Council website here. We urge you to review these plans. The proposal for the Flood Meadows includes the closure of some of the paths close to the riverbed to create a wildlife sanctuary, whilst King’s Pond may need a major piece of work to stop the pollution of the pond by rich nutrients. The consultation closes on 31st August 2017.

Alton Sports Centre – Rod Eckles represented the Alton Society at the meeting held on 13th July in relation to the proposed new Sports Centre. His comments can be found here

Molson Coors Brewery Site – It has been announced that the new owners of the brewery site are CALA Homes.   Representatives of the Alton Society will be aiming to meet with them at the earliest opportunity to discuss the Development Brief for the site, our own submissions, and the exciting opportunities the site offers our town centre.

We are delighted to support the new Wey Valley Radio. It began broadcasting on the 22nd June on 101.1 FM. It is a  community radio station with lots of local news and comments plus music. Go and have a listen!

East Hants District Council Community Forum 27th June. Our representative made a strong plea for more support from the Council for Alton’s growing tourism trade. To boost our economic prospects this must include attracting more visitors yet we have a tourist office that does not have staff specialising in tourism (unlike Petersfield) and the office is tucked out of the way in Cross & Pillory Lane. It doesn’t even have a hanging sign! We feel the office should be upgraded, enhanced and placed in a more prominent position such as the High St or perhaps in the Library. Do you agree? If so tell your District and Town Councillors.

Electoral Review of East Hampshire Warding Arrangements – The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of East Hampshire District Council. The Commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across the district. For more details go to Looking to the Future and use the links if you wish to make a submission on the Ward boundaries.

Flood Meadows –  Come and join the Friends of Flood Meadows to help with tidying up and some maintenance. We meet at the Tanhouse Lane end of the meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month (note the changes for August below). Bring gardening gloves and wellingtons! We always finish with a drink and if you are lucky a chocolate biscuit.

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For the month of August we will be meeting at Flood Meadows on the 4th Sunday of the month then reverting to the 3rd Sunday in September. So next gathering will be 27th August 10am.      

Picture: A view down the High Street, Alton, by local artist Pam Pell who is a member of The Alton Society.