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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. 

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A unique opportunity for Alton residents –

Group-buying that makes solar panels and batteries more accessible and more affordable.

Solar-Together-Logo https://www.ichoosr.co.uk/

The  benefits  include:-

  • As a community-based project it removes the risk of ‘cowboy’ suppliers, and advice is impartial.
  • The bulk purchasing and ‘auction’ arrangement should produce the lowest price possible.
  • No up-front costs or commitments.
  • The website is user-friendly, with a useful FAQ.

The registration deadline is 23rd March. 

 

Have your say on the Modifications to the Neighbourhood Plan proposed changes

The Society was invited to join the Alton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group which was appointed to make proposals for updating the 2016 Alton Neighbourhood Plan (ANP). The current plan expires later this year. Work started in December with Nicky Branch as our representative. The next stage has been reached, i.e. a formal call for the public to examine the proposals and record their views and comments. Great efforts are being made to ensure that this procedure is well announced, including leaflets delivered to households, websites, social media and radio. The Town Council have issued a summary at the head of the dedicated web page as follows:-

The Town Council is seeking to update the housing allocation policy of the current Alton Neighbourhood Plan (ANP). This is because national planning regulations require up to date district development plans that have been reviewed within the last 5 years to be maintained. Currently, the East Hampshire District Council Local Plan containing housing allocations is dated June 2014 and the ANP is 5 years old in May 2021. Without a current housing allocation plan in place, the town will not be protected against inappropriate and speculative housing development. A new district wide Local Plan is expected to be published in 2023. The proposed ANP update will remove housing developments which have now been built and are therefore outdated. They will be replaced by developments which have a realistic prospect of being built in the short term. In this case the two chosen sites are the Magistrates Court (which has already been demolished ready for the new McCarthy Stone Development) and the Coors Brewery, being developed by CALA Homes. This means Alton, through an amended ANP, will be able to demonstrate that the town has sufficient housing developments coming forward to meet Government mandated requirements. In order to update the ANP the first step is to undertake a public consultation (as set out in detail in documents linked below) to explain the proposals, and ask you for your views on this update to the plan. The proposed modifications to the ANP may well be challenged by developers. So it is really important that all Society members and friends take the trouble to register their views either by reading the detailed documents linked below or, based on the strength of this summary, complete the survey by clicking the link also below. When replying please identify that it is an ANP modification Reg 14 response.

Make your views known! Please do this by the cut off date and time which is 30th March 2021 at 5pm

http://www.alton.gov.uk/Neighbourhood_Plan_Modification_36669.aspx http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AltonNeighbourhoodplan 

 

Our Autumn 2020 Newsletter is available. Click here for a browse through the online copy.

Other Latest News

Outstanding Services to Alton Award 2020

See next page under Awards for details.

Community First

Head over to our Community pages for information on specific groups and activities to support Alton’s communities. This includes support from Community First specifically in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alton Society Grants

Hop over to our Grants Application Page for news of the grants recently awarded to local community initiatives. Click on “About Us” then click on Grant Applications.

Friends of Alton Station

Friends of Alton Station are working hard to raise funds to save our Heritage Footbridge. The first part of the plan was to rescue the bridge. This has been partially successful and what has been saved is stored at a local firms so it can be refurbished and restored to its former glory. The Friends plan is to put it back up over the Mid Hants Railway(MHR) Line’s track as a viewing platform. MHR have expressed no objection. Visit the Friend’s 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 Society news.

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 meadows at 10am on the third (3rd) Sunday of the month. Our next session has had to be cancelled. Keep an eye on our website for more information.

The Friends are 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)! Normally we finish with a coffee or tea and a biscuit. However at present we ask the volunteers to bring their own refreshments for a chat after the session.

Trees

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.